MOSCOW, January 28 (Itar-Tass) —— Militants in Dagestan shot dead an officer of the republican center for resistance to extremism, police Major Kurban Akhmedov, 36. As the anti-extremism center’s press-service has said, the police officer was ambushed near his home in a suburb of Makhachkala. He was shot at about 20:00 Moscow time on Friday, when he was returning home from work.
“The attackers opened fire with automatic weapons to have gravely injured the officer and escaped. Akhmedov suffered several wounds in the back and died on the way to hospital,” the press-service said.
The attackers apparently knew the officer’s schedule and had followed him for a while. There is the suspicion there were two attackers. A criminal case has been opened.
According to one of the versions, the murder may have been in retaliation for the Dagestani police’s active operations against armed groups.
The anti-extremism center recalled that several hours earlier five militants hiding in a fortified dugout had been eliminated in an armed clash in the woods in the Kizlyar district. Identity checks are in progress. The militants were armed with automatic rifles, a machine-gun, a handgun and several makeshift explosive devices.
According to police sources, the killed militants had been members of a group of saboteurs who had committed terrorist crimes against civilians, clergy and law enforcement and extortions.
In the security sweep four Russian police were killed and nine others injured.
Major Kurban Akhmedov was the 12th officer of the Russian Interior Ministry’s anti-extremism department to have been killed while on duty.