MOSCOW, September 23 (Itar-Tass) —— The murder of the deputy chief of the Dagestani branch of the Federal Penitentiary Service Magomed Murtuzaliyev “is most likely linked with his service activities,” chief press officer of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kromin told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“The deputy chief of the Dagestani branch of the Federal Penitentiary Service Colonel of the Interior Service Magomed Murtuzaliyev was driving to his office in a service Volga car at about 7.45 a.m. Moscow time on Friday. The driver, who is an official of the Federal Penitentiary Service, his daughter and his cousin were inside the car together with him. The service Volga car came under fire from a car driving nearby. The Volga car caught fire in the gunfire and all people inside the car were killed,” the chief press officer said.
He added that officials from the central staff of the Federal Penitentiary Service rushed to Dagestan to coordinate the cooperation between the law enforcement agencies and to provide the aid to the family of the killed penitentiary official.
A team of detectives is working at the murder scene. The search for the killers continues.
Murtuzaliyev was in charge of operative departments of the Federal Penitentiary Service in the republic at the post of the republican penitentiary deputy chief.
The gunmen have intensified their terrorist activities recently in Dagestan. On September 21, a bomb with the power of about ten kilograms of TNT was detonated near the republican traffic police department in Makhachkala. The bomb was being trafficked in a VAZ-2109 car and the detectives assumed that the bomb was intended for a terrorist act on September 22. Four gunmen inside the car were killed in the blast.
A double terrorist act was committed in Makhachkala early on Thursday morning. The bandits set off two bombs, one of which had the power of about 40 kilograms of TNT. A police officer was killed and 43 policemen were injured in the bomb blast. About 20 civilians were hospitalized.
On Thursday morning an attempt on the life of the Buinaksk district police department was made, but no one was injured.
In the evening on September 22 probable masterminds of the double terrorist act in Makhachkala were blocked at a private house in the settlement of Novokuli in the Kumtorkali district of the republic. A gunman was destroyed.
Due to a deteriorating situation Dagestan’s leader Magomedsalam Magomedov urgently interrupted his service mission to Moscow and came back to the republic.