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IS emissary among militants killed in south Russia — anti-terrorism committee

October 07, 10:28 UTC+3
A total of six militants were killed in the two special operations that were conducted in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia overnight to Friday
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October 7. /TASS/. An emissary of the Islamic State terorrist group (outlaed in Russia) was among the militants killed in Russia's Ingushetia, the anti-terrorism committee has told TASS.

According to the commitee, a total of six militants were killed in the two special operations that were conducted in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia overnight to Friday.

"Special operation units have neutralized four gunmen in the city of Nazran and two more - in Gazi-Yurt," the source said. "According to preliminary data, among the neutralized militants was Islamic State emissary, Zubairi Sautiyev, who arrived from Syria for resumption of terrorist activities in the republic."

Assault rifles, pistols, hand grenades and ready to use improvised explosive devices, including two so-called suicide belts, have been found at the shootout site.

The republic’s head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has also confirmed to TASS that a Syrian emissary led the group of militants killed in Ingushetia. However, the official said a total of five militants were killed in the operations.

"One of the five people killed in the republic on Friday, was an emissary, who, as the intelligence services say, was sent over from Syria to draft and carry out sabotage and terrorist attacks in the republic," the official said. The militants "have already managed to store explosives, weapons and munition and planned a terrorist attack during the festival of culture and sports of the Caucasus peoples, which took place on September 25 in Nazran (Ingushetia’s capital city)."

"As the intelligence services worked well, they were unable to make true their criminal plan," he added.

According Yevkurov's data, "they [the militants] planned other terrorist attacks in the republic, including with use of a car."

All the militants "were members of one group, led by an emissary, who had come from Syria," the republic’s head said. Three of the killed militants were on the Russian federal wanted list, he added.

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