MOSCOW, December 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Four bandits, including a warlord, who committed several terrorism-related crimes, are killed in the Russian North Caucasian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria on Monday.
Two strong bombs were also defused, the information center of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee told Itar-Tass.
On December 15-16 in the settlement Bylym in Elbrus district under the command of the republican operations headquarters officers of the security services and the law enforcement agencies had carried out the special operations to search for and detain the bandits, who are involved in the terrorism-related crimes in the Russian North Caucasus.
The commandos of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the interior troops have blocked a house, where armed people had entrenched. The dwellers were evacuated from neighbouring residential houses. The talks with the gunmen resulted in the release of a woman with a child from captivity. To the proposal to surrender the bandits opened automatic fire at the Russian commandos and hurled the grenades at them.
“Four gunmen, including warlord Arsen Khandokhov, born in 1973, were killed in the special operation,” the information center of the committee said. The crimes that the gunmen committed are particularly cruel and cynical.
“According to the republican FSB department, this gang has committed more than 20 sabotage- and terrorism-related crimes, particularly such high-profile crimes as the murders of two tourists in Dzhily-Su Gorge, an ataman of the Tersk-Malka Cossack community, several officers of the FSB department in Krasnodar Territory in 2010, a family of employees of the Neitrinno observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2011 as well as the explosions of communications facilities and a ropeway in the foothills of Elbrus Mount,” the information centre reported.
According to available information, the bandits wanted to commit several terrorist acts and attacks on law enforcers in the near future.
A large amount of weapons and ammunition were found at the clash site. ‘A laboratory’ for making homemade explosive devices was located in the basement of the house, where the bandits had entrenched. The FSB sappers have unarmed two explosive devices of 20 and 25 kilograms of TNT each, the information center reported.