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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ingush Police Chief Says 2 Key Cases in Last Stages

ReutersYevkurov

Ingushetia’s top police official said Thursday that an investigation into the attempted killing of Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and murder of Ingush Supreme Court deputy chief justice Aza Gazgireyeva was in its final stages.

But the Investigative Committee said later in the day that the announcement “wasn’t absolutely correct and premature.”

“The murder of Supreme Court deputy chief justice Aza Gazgireyeva is nearly solved. The investigation into the assassination attempt against the republic’s leader, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, is moving toward its closure,” Ingush Interior Minister Ruslan Meiryev told Interfax.

Gazgireyeva was shot dead as she dropped her children off at school in Ingushetia’s main city of Nazran on June 10. A car bomber attacked Yevkurov’s presidential motorcade in Nazran on June 22.

“It is true that certain results have been achieved in the mentioned cases, but it’s too early to speak about the disclosure,” the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Meanwhile, President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree Thursday that re-instated Yevkurov, who was badly injured in the bombing, to his position of president.

Yevkurov was released from a Moscow hospital on Monday and had planned to return to work after being released from a Moscow region rehabilitation center later this month.

After the attack, Yevkurov was replaced by his deputy, Rashid Gaisanov, as acting president.