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Member of Russia’s most-wanted terrorist Umarov’s gang killed

Published time: December 28, 2013 08:53
Edited time: December 28, 2013 11:48

This screen grab taken from undated video posted on July 3, 2013, on the Islamist rebel mouthpiece shows a man identified as Russia's top Islamist leader Doku Umarov (C) recording his appeal in an undisclosed location. (AFP/

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Russian law enforcers have killed a close aid of Doku Umarov, the most notorious terrorist leader in the country, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee reports.

The slain militant was identified as Islam Atiev, 23, who was a member of the gang led by Doku Umarov. Police suspected him of numerous attacks on officers, some of which involved the use of improvised explosive devices.

A confrontation between three militants hiding in a house in the Khasavyurt region of Dagestan in Russia’s south and security troops on Saturday involved a blast in the building, sources from local law enforcement told Interfax earlier.

The blast was most likely from an explosive device, which the militants had with them. The militants apparently were planning to use the bomb as a diversion to cover their escape, but probably botched it.

Atiev was shot and killed as he was trying to shoot his way through the blockade, the Committee said. It was not immediately clear from the report whether the two other militants were also killed or captured alive.

The operation, in which Atiev was killed, was conducted in the Dagestan village of Petrovskoye. The militants were cut off in a house by special operation troops of the Federal Security Service and local police on Friday.

For several hours security troops tried to convince the militants to surrender, but without success. Eventually a siege of the house was ordered on Saturday morning, during which the bomb went off. The blast also set the house on fire.

Umarov, who operates in the Russian North Caucasus, is believed to be responsible for several high-profile terrorist attacks in Russia, including the bombing of a Moscow airport in 2011 and the bombing of the Moscow Metro in 2010.

He was designated as a terrorist by the US in 2010. In 2011, the United Nations Security Council included the militant – who styles himself as "the Emir of the Caucasus" – on its terrorist list.

Comments (21)


Martin L. O'Shield 26.01.2014 05:42

Vanessa A 29.12.2013 16:18

We don't need hate and descrimination. If Russia was so smart - it sould have figured out people dont like to be singled out and descriminated against.
Common sense...


You are OBVIOUSLY White, and though you admit you are from the USA, you HAVE to be from the Suburbs of the USA. Which is known to live in their own realities!

Chicago, Illinois USA is known to be one of the most segregated cities in the world.

Self Segregating Socities = USA Suburbs

Van essa's statement above is the definition of blissfulness which the rest of America doesn't live like!


Martin L. O'Shield 26.01.2014 05:35

paradigmrespaw n 28.12.2013 15:17

FSB actually goes IN and Pulls these Deadly Fighters from their Hiding Places


I watched that with my own eyes.

And I'm an American!

G ood for YOU FSB!


Jugoslav Nikolic 30.12.2013 08:48

[quote name='Vanessa A' time='29.12.2013 16:09']

The West has common sense, it has laws and no in fighting between factions. There are Arabs, Vietnamese, Koreans, Chinese, Russians - yet no terrorism. Let me give you a hint: all these factions are left alone.

[/qu ote]
I was brought up in "the western manner", majority of my countrymen also, yet "the west" inspired hate, created, armed and financed local fascist factions to destroy my country, finally dropped thousands of bombs, along with depleted uranium on us. And what's the most rediculous, "the west" helped factions - most anti-western!

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