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MOSCOW, December 13 (Itar-Tass) — The ringleader of the Khasavyurt gang and his accomplices have been physically destroyed in Dagestan, a representative of the information centre of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC) told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
“During the investigation, conducted by the security services, information was obtained about the preparation by the so-called Khasavyurt gang of a major act of terrorism on the territory of the Republic of Dagestan,” he said. “Considering the coming reports, within the framework of the legal regime of counter-terrorist operation imposed on the territory of the Khasavyurt District in accordance with the order of the head of the Operational Staff, urgent measures were taken on the territory of the Khasavyurt District for preventing the planned act of terrorism and putting an end to the criminal activities of the gangsters.”
“After receiving a report about a possible route by which the criminals might move, officers of the republican branches of the Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry tried to stop a car with gangsters inside for inspection on December 12, at 21.00, near the village of Karlanyurt, Khasavyurt District. The criminals offered armed resistance and were killed as a result of reply actions taken by men of the law enforcement agencies,” he continued.
“It was established during a preliminary identification that the killed gangsters were Yusup Magomedov, born in 1986, Shamil Nutsalkhanov, born in 1983, and Shamil Makhmudov, born in 1986 – all residents of Dagestan. Two assault rifles, a grenade and a large amount of ammunition were found in their car during the inspection.
“According to the information of the NAC Operational Staff for the Republic of Dagestan, Yusup Magomedov was the ringleader of the so-called Khasavyurt terrorist group, while the other two gangsters were its active members.They organised and committed several terrorist crimes, including attempts on the life of men of the law enforcement agencies, the blowing up of office cars, as well as the extortion of large sums of money from local business people under the threat of physical destruction,” the representative of the NAC information centre said.