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2 militants killed in a special operation in Kabardino-Balkaria

February 16, 2012, 18:04 UTC+3
During the shootout with the gunmen holed up in a private house, a special detective of the local interior department's rapid response unit received two gunshot wounds
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NALCHIK, February 16 (Itar-Tass) — Two militants have been killed in the course of a special operation in in Repin Street in the town of Nartkala, the administrative center of Urvan district, Kabardino-Balkaria. The active phase of the special operation has been completed, the republic's law-enforcement bodies told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

During the shootout with the gunmen holed up in a private house, a special detective of the local interior department's rapid response unit received two gunshot wounds, in the shoulder and in the shin.

The regime of anti-terrorist operation was introduced in the part of Nartkala limited by Nogmov, Borukayev, Kabardinskaya, Vatutin, and Mayakovsky Streets.

The relevant decision was made by the head of the department of the Federal Security Service for Kabardino-Balkaria Maj-Gen Sergei Kmenny, with the view of preventing acts of terror, ensuring the safety of citizens, organizations and institutions and search and detention of gang members in hiding," the operations headquarters said.

In a separate operation in Dagestan, police destroyed a gang leader and seized a bomb with a yield of 5 kilogram of TNT.

"Gunmen were blocked in two private houses in the village of Mutsalalul, Khasavyurt district, as police checked a report on militants."

"The bandits offered armed resistance and two of them were killed in return fire by 14:00, Moscow time. One of them was identified as Magomed Kasumov, also known as Mukhammad, b.1982, head of the so-called Mutsalaul gang."

He went in hiding in 2010 after shooting at a police car, and has been on the federal wanted list since.

He is suspected of involvement in the murder of a Khasvyurt police office in October of 2011, and the murders of an Imam's aide Akhmed Osmanov and Mutsalaul village head Ibragim Ibragimov in November 2011.

Police have information that he was behind the shelling and arson of the village administration building in January 2012 and a number of terrorism-related crimes, extortion of money from entrepreneurs and arsons of shops.

The second militant was identified as Rashid Magayev, an active abettor of the gang. He provided housing to militants and supplied foodstuffs and clothes to them.

Preliminary inspection of one of the blocked houses found a homemade bomb with yield of 5 kilograms of TNT, a Kalashnikov assault rifle, and pistol with a silencer and ammunition, and bomb parts, an official at the National Antiterrorist Committee said.

The special operation in the village of Mutsalaul continues.

 

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