Russia says kills senior fighter in North Caucasus- UPDATED

A spokesman for local investigators said the men were killed in a gunbattle with officers after refusing to surrender during a raid on a house in a suburb of the capital of Ingushetia.

Russia says kills senior fighter in North Caucasus- UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

The right-hand man of Russia's most wanted fighter was killed by security forces on Tuesday, officials said.

Dzhamaleil Mutaliyev, a senior figure in a group fighting was killed along with another militant in a shootout in the town of Nazran in Ingushetia, a spokesman for local investigators said.

According to the officials, Mutaliyev masterminded a bombing that killed 18 people at a market in the nearby city of Vladikavkaz in 2010 and was a close aide of Doku Umarov, leader of the outlawed Caucasus Emirate.

"Doku Umarov's right-hand man was neutralised," Ingushetia's President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov told the state news agency RIA.

Mutaliyev and the other man, named by officials as Alikhan Ozdoyev, were killed in a gunbattle after refusing to surrender during a night-time sweep in a suburb of Nazran, the spokesman for local investigators said.

The wife and child of one of them left the house before the firefight, he said. NAK said the men were armed with hand grenades and Kalashnikov assault rifles.

NAK had once before pronounced Mutaliyev dead, in January 2012, but later said it had misidentified the body of a man killed in a shootout with security forces.

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