The assailants ambushed the officer's car and sprayed it with automatic gunfire on Saturday, said Roman Shchekotin, a spokesman for Russia's Interior Ministry branch in southern Russia.
Ingushetia is one of several southern Russian regions that has long been plagued by endemic violence _ some of it stemming from criminal gang feuds and some spilling over from the separatist conflict in nearby Chechnya.
In Kabardino-Balkariya, another nearby North Caucasus province, police arrested a suspected militant Saturday, Shchekotin said, AP reported. V.A.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea