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Three militants killed in special operation in Dagestan

March 23, 2012, 21:16 UTC+3

They were killed in the gunfire exchange

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MOSCOW, March 23 (Itar-Tass) —— Three militants were killed in a special operation in Dagestan, the National Counter Terrorism Committee told Itar-Tass.

Up to three militants were found in Oktyabrskoye, Khasavyurt district, in the small morning hours of March 23, the committee said. “The militants took shelter at a private house,” it said.

The house was blocked, and tenants of nearby homes were evacuated before the operation started. “The militants were offered to lay down arms and to surrender to the authorities, but they opened random fire. They were killed in the gunfire exchange,” the committee said.

According to the preliminary information, the killed militants are Murtur Zakarigayev, born in Oktyabrskoye in 1985, Abdulla Jamalov born in 1989 and Magomed Musayev born in 1982.

A group of armed people wearing masks attacked a police vehicle in Oktyabrskoye at about 9:10 p.m. Moscow time on March 4. The vehicle was supposed to transport ballots from the polling station. The policemen engaged in a fire exchange and one of the assailants was killed. The others ran into a forest on the village outskirts.

The clash killed Captain Khamil Ismailov, Warrant Officer Aligadzhi Ismailov and Senior Sergeant Shagban Rezakov. The assailants stole their service issue weapons.

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