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MOSCOW, December 8 (Itar-Tass) —— A local warlord and three gunmen were destroyed in a special operation in Karachai-Cherkessia, a spokesman of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
The special operation against Gochiyaev’s gang was carried out at 8.45 p.m. Moscow time on December 7 near the village of Kumysh in the Karachai region, he said. The FSB and police officers were seeking to stop a car, but the bandits opened the fire.
“An unidentified bomb detonated in the car as a result of the shootout,” the spokesman said.
The gunmen were identified. “The gunmen were Biaslan Gochiyaev , born in 1984, who according to the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, was appointed as the so-called emir in Karachai-Cherkessia by the North Caucasian warlords about a year ago; his three accomplices – Temurlan Totorkulov, born in 1986, Valentin Dlugoborsky, born in 1984, and Marina Urusova, born in 1978,” the spokesman said. Submachine guns, a large number of ammunition, several homemade grenades were found on the bandits.
“According to the available reports at the operative headquarters of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, the gang was masterminding actively several terrorist acts, particularly they set off several test blasts and had regular fire drills,” the spokesman said. “The bandits were planning to use Marina Urusova as a suicide bomber,” he said.
The National Anti-Terrorist Committee recalled that three members of Gochiyaev’s gang were earlier arrested. “During further operation in Karachayevsk and Khusa-Kardonik a laboratory for making homemade explosive devices, a large number of weapons and ammunition, electric detonators and other parts for homemade explosive devices, as well as explosives with a total weight of more than two tonnes were found in the private house and the garage,” he said.
“Meanwhile, religious extremist literature, subjects for long living in the forests and communication equipment, the video materials on electronic mediums with the records of the bandit training for an attack on law enforcers and the testing of their homemade explosive devices were confiscated,” the spokesman said.
“No casualties among civilians and law enforcers were reported,” the spokesman noted.
The search and the investigation continue.