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22 Aug, 2009 14:32

“Situation in Ingushetia grim but not hopeless”

The President of Russia's Republic of Ingushetia has cut short his rehabilitation in Moscow and returned to the republic. Yunus-Bek Yevkurov was severely injured in an assassination attempt in June.

He has since been undergoing treatment in a Moscow hospital.

Yevkurov says he's determined to fight terror and has called the situation in the republic grim, but not hopeless.

“The battle with terrorism will keep on going mercilessly regarding those who refuse to lay down arms. Those who are willing to lay down arms, they have a way back to peaceful life,” the President said. ”The republic got such a slap and this of course needs to be corrected.”

His return follows Monday's suicide bombing of a police station in Ingushetia's capital Nazran. The attack killed at least 20 people and injured around 260.

In neighbouring Chechnya two suicide bomb attacks killed four police officers and one civilian in the capital Grozny on Friday.

The bombers were riding bicycles and reportedly blew themselves up when they were stopped by police.