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Warlord who fought for IS in Syria eliminated in Dagestan — official

July 29, 2016, 21:18 UTC+3

The man was preliminarily identified as the leader of the so-called Southern paramilitary group

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MOSCOW, July 29. /TASS/. A warlord who fought for the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria has been eliminated in Russia’s North Caucasian republic of Dagestan, a spokesman for the National Anti-terrorist Committee (NAC) told TASS on Friday.

"The man was preliminarily identified as Kamaldin Kazomagomedov, born in 1990, who has been the leader of the so-called Southern paramilitary group since 2015," the spokesman said.

According to Dagestan’s office of the National Anti-terrorist Committee, after a course at the Islamic University Al-Azhar in Egypt Kazimagomedov fought in Syria for the international terrorist organization Islamic State. He returned to Dagestan with fake documents in 2014.

"Kazimagomedov is suspected of infringement of the lives of law enforcers and murders of civilians, including fiver hunters in a forest in the Suleiman-Stalsky district on September 20, 2015, and of organizing and committing a terrorist attack at the Dzhemikentsky traffic police station on February 15, 2016," the spokesman said.

Kazimagomedov was spotted in a forest in mountains between the settlements of Yukhari-Stal and Kurkent in Dagestan’s Suleiman-Stalsky district. "Having encountered police officers, he opened gunfire from a submachine gun and tried to flee. He was neutralized by return fire," the spokesman said.

Law enforcers found a submachine gun and munitions at the site of shootout. An arms cache with munitions, elements for home-made explosive devices and foods was found in the vicinity.

"There were no casualties among the law enforcers and civilians," the NAC spokesman added.

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