Hundreds protest in Ingushetia against violence
Hundreds of people gathered in the main city of unstable Caucasus republic Ingushetia on Saturday for a protest led by President Yunus-bek Yevkurov against Islamic-inspired violence.
More than 500 people gathered in the main city of Nazran, while three other protests took place in other towns in the small republic which neighbours Chechnya.
"We say no to terrorism. In the last five years, more than 400 members of the security forces have been killed, more than 3,000 civilians injured and 3,000 children made orphans," Yevkurov, who was seriously injured by a bomb in 2009, told the rally.
Deadly bombings and gunfights are an almost daily occurrence in Russia's Caucasus region, particularly in the republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan.
© 2010 AFP