12 August 2009|
On 12 August 2009, two masked gunmen broke into Amerkhanov's official office of construction minister in Magas, Ingushetia at about 10:30 a.m. local time. The gunmen fired four shots at Amerkhanov, fatally wounding him in his office. The two assassins fled the scene in a VAZ-2114 with North Ossetian license plates. Amerkhanov's nephew and assistant, Magomed Amerkhanov, 25, was wounded in the attack.
Ingush officials and security officers believed that Amerkhanov's assassination is linked to a recent public investigation of corruption within Ingushetia's construction industry. Amerkhanov had ordered the review of the construction industry, which revealed that there had been illegal theft of funds from Ingushetia's budget. A spokesperson for Ingush President Yevkurov, who is still recovering in Moscow from his June 2009 assassination attempt, noted that, "The president is concerned that the murder is related to [Amerkhanov’s] professional activity." Corruption is widespread in Ingushetia, especially in the construction sector.
Amerkhanov was married and had two children.