Leader of Khunzakh armed group killed in Dagestan
Russia's security forces have eliminated the leader of the so-called Khunzakh armed group Khadjimurad Gajiyev during a shootout in the village of Orota in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan where a counterterrorism operation regime was put in place on Sunday evening, a source in Dagestan’s law enforcement agencies said.
The press service of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee’s operation headquarters in Dagestan earlier said that a counterterrorism operation regime had been put in place in the village of Orota at 18:30 Moscow Time, TASS reported.
During the ongoing investigative activities conducted by the Russian Federal Security Service’s department in Dagestan and the republican Interior Ministry to establish the location of armed group members it was found out that members of the extremist illegal groups involved in subversive and terrorist activities were hiding in the village of Orota, the headquarters' representative said.
Meanwhile, a source in Dagestan’s law enforcement agencies earlier said that police officers are searching for leader of the so-called Khunzakh armed group in the village. He noted that law enforcers were searching for Gajiyev in the village in early August, but the counterterrorism operation regime was not introduced at that time.