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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alu Alkhanov's Motorcade Hit

A drunken driver collided with a motorcade carrying Chechen President Alu Alkhanov as he returned to Chechnya, killing an escorting security officer and critically injuring four others, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Alkhanov was unhurt in the incident, which took place in Ingushetia early Monday, the Ingush Interior Ministry said. The driver of the car was also hospitalized.

Preliminary reports showed the driver was drunk when his car crossed into the oncoming lane near the Ingush capital, Nazran, and collided with three cars in Alkhanov's motorcade. One of Alkhanov's security officers was killed and four others were hospitalized, the ministry said. The ministry said a preliminary investigation indicated that the collision was accidental.

Last November, then-Chechen Prime Minister Sergei Abramov was seriously injured when a truck collided with his car outside Moscow. Officials also said the incident was a traffic accident.