MOSCOW, April 2 (Itar-Tass) — Three gunmen from a Turkish mercenary's armed group were killed in a special operation in Dagestan, a source at the information centre of the National Antiterrorism Committee told Itar-Tass.
Forces of the Federal Security Service, the Interior Ministry and the Interior Troops detected a group of armed gunmen in a forest near the village of Kadirkent, the Sergokala district. When blocked, the gunmen offered armed resistance and opened fire at the special-purpose unit. Three gunmen were killed by the retaliatory fire.
The neutralized gunmen were members of the so-called Sergokala group of gunmen headed by the Turkish mercenary named Muhanned, also known as Abdusalam. They were involved in many terrorism crimes, attacks against civilians and policemen and murders, the NAC source said.
One of them is identified as Rashid Gazaliyev, born in 1970, nicknamed Muaz, from the city of Atyrau, Kazakhstan, an active member of the group of gunmen since 2009. He was in the circle close to the gunmen's leader.
On May 13, 2010, Gazaliyev participated in the blasting of a television tower and a cellular communication tower in the Sergokala district and the shooting attack against repair team workers who went to do repair work. The bandits killed eight people and wounded four.
The second is identified as his cousin Magomed Gazaliyev, born in 1971, who was an active accomplice of the gunmen.
The third was not immediately identified.
Dagestan's investigative authorities opened a criminal case over the fighting on charges of attacking law-enforcement officers and illegal possession of arms and explosives.
A Kalashnikov hand machine gun, four submachine guns, six grenades, magazines with ammunition and uniforms were found at the site after the operation.
Special operations are continuing in the Sergokala district, where the counterterrorist operation regime was imposed earlier.