Russian police kill 4 suspected terrorists in Dagestan

In a special operation security forces gunned down four suspected terrorists on the Kavkaz federal highway in the Karabudakhkentsky district in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Wednesday, Russian media reported.

Citing security officials RIA Novosti news agency stated that at about 1:00 a.m. Moscow time (22:00 GMT) policemen tried to stop a car on the Kavkaz federal highway with suspected terrorists. The car did not halt and the men started firing, police returned fire and killed four of them.

ITAR-Tass news agency said security officers recovered a machine gun, a pistol and ammunition inside the car. One of slain terrorist has been identified as Magomedzagir Vagabov, a close aide of Magomedali Vagabov, the ringleader of the Gubdenskaya terrorist gang, operating in the territory of several Dagestan districts and inMakhachkala. Vagabov was on the federal wanted List for several violent crimes, including terror acts. Reportedly, there were no casualties among security officers during the encounter.

In the recent months Russia’s mainly Muslim North Caucasus republics, especially ChechnyaDagestan and Ingushetia, have seen an upsurge of terrorist violence. Most of the attacks were carried out on policemen and government officials. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin last month announced that Moscow would “break the spine” of terrorism and demanded tough action against “criminals” who attacked their own people.