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NALCHIK, March 27 (Itar-Tass) — The operational headquarters in Kabardino-Balkaria has lifted the counterterrorist operation regime imposed on Tuesday in the area in Nalchik where a special operation was conducted to neutralize a leader of underground groups of gunmen operating in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachai-Cherkessia, Alim Zankishiyev, nicknamed Ubaida.
The body of Zankishiyev was found and identified during the examination of the house which was blocked in the operation.
According to the information of the operational headquarters, Zankishiyev was on a wanted list since 2006. He coordinated terrorist activities of groups of gunmen in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachai-Cherkessia since 2011, after former leader of the underground groups of gunmen Dzhappuyev was neutralized. During the period, the gunmen committed more than 30 acts of terror, murders of law-enforcement officers and servicemen, attacks against officials and bomb explosions. With threats to kill, members of the groups extorted substantial sums of money from businessmen.
Zankishiyev was also involved in the organization of the murders of military pilot Denis Nikolayev and investigator Kantemir Kyarov in Nalchik earlier this year. The gunman also organized the attack against Urvan district administration head Antemirkan Kanokov.
Zankishiyev was also among suspects over the murder of nine hunters who were killed in the forest near the village of Lechinkai, the Chegem district, on November 4, 2007.
Two handguns, including a foreign-made one, cartridges and grenades were found at the site in Nalchik when it was examined after the operation.
Investigative and search operations are continuing in the district. Investigators are working at the site.