Russian authorities kill four militants in North Caucasus
Russian security forces have killed four members of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, including a senior militant, and managed to avert a terror attack, officials said on Monday.
Gadzhiyav Gaziyev, a key insurgent in the volatile region of Dagestan, and another militant, were killed in a skirmish with the FSB security services and police, the National Anti-Terror Committee said.
"The killed criminal took part in multiple murders and attempted murders of civilians and law enforcement employees," the committee said in a statement.
It added that authorities did not sustain any losses during the fight which involved up to 10 insurgents.
In a separate operation in nearby Chechnya, scene of two wars with separatists in the 1990s, authorities killed two militants during a fight in the Chechen capital Grozny, said Alvi Karimov, spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
"According to intelligence information, they were going to commit terror acts," he told AFP, adding that the militants had been in possession of explosives and weapons.
Karimov said the region was on Monday celebrating a local holiday, the day of the Chechen language, and the insurgents had sought to target as many people as possible.
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