Russia says two Dagestan fighter leaders assassinated

Russian security forces shot dead two senior pro-independence fighter leaders and several followers in separate operations in Dagestan.

Russia says two Dagestan fighter leaders assassinated

Russian security forces shot dead two senior pro-independence fighter leaders and several followers in separate operations in Dagestan, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement, faxed to Reuters, said Marat Kurbanov, known as the "Emir of Dagestan", was shot dead along with two junior fighters on Saturday night outside the village of Shamkhal in Dagestan in a car.

Kavkazcenter.com, a website which has links to pro-independence movement, said three people in a car were killed on Saturday night but it was not clear who they were.

The FSB said Kurbanov had been appointed "Emir of Dagestan" by fighters after his predecessor Umalat Magomedov was killed in December under similar circumstances.

It said the information received during Saturday's raid had helped its agents identify a place of another senior insurgent, Madrid Begov, a Russian special police soldier who had turned against the authorities.

The FSB has said security forces "neutralised" Begov after storming a private house in Dagestan's capital of Makhachkala on Sunday morning.

The Kavkazcenter website also mentioned a firefight in a house in Makhachkala on Sunday morning and said one "mujahideen" was reportedly killed but it did not identify the dead fighter.

On January 6 a suicide bomber killed seven policemen and wounded another 20 people in Dagestan by detonating a car packed with explosives at a traffic police depot.

Russia imposed its control in Muslim states, however, still low-level insurgency continues in Muslim states controlled by Russia.

Human rights groups have repeatedly accused the authorities of serious abuses including house burning, extra-judicial killings, torture and illegal punishment.


Agencies




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