Russia detains top Ingush rebel leader Magas: official

9th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia has detained a militant known as Magas who is the leader of rebels in its restive region of Ingushetia and blamed for a string of attacks in the Caucasus, the security service said Wednesday.

"Today, the federal security services carried out a special operation during which one of the leaders of the North Caucasus rebel underground was arrested," said the head of the Federal Security Service, Alexander Bortnikov.

"His name is Taziyev or as he is known by his nom-de-guerre, Magas," he told President Dmitry Medvedev in a televised meeting.

Magas was linked to several major militant strikes in the Northern Caucasus, including an assassination attempt that severely wounded Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov in June 2009, Bortnikov said.

© 2010 AFP

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