MAKHACHKALA, April 3 (Itar-Tass) — The third gunman killed in a special operation in Dagestan's Sergokala district on Monday is identified.
A source at the republic's Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass on Tuesday that according to the preliminary information, the gunman was identified as Gusen Magomedov.
The 32-year-old militant was a resident of the village of Krasnoarmeisk within Makhachkala. Among gunmen he was nicknamed Terminator. Magomedov was on a federal wanted list for murders, robberies and illegal arms traffic.
A source at the information centre of the National Antiterrorism Committee told Itar-Tass earlier that three gunmen from a Turkish mercenary's armed group were killed in a special operation in Dagestan on Monday.
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 special-purpose unit members. 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 Muhannend, also known as Abdusalam. They were involved in many terrorism crimes, attacks against civilians and policemen and murders, the NAC source said.
One of the killed gunmen was 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 was among those who blasted a television tower and a cellular communication tower in the Sergokala district and fired at workers who went to do repair work. The bandits killed eight people and wounded four.
The second was identified as his cousin Magomed Gazaliyev, born in 1971, who was an active accomplice of the gunmen.
Who was the third was not immediately known.
There were no losses in the special-purpose unit.