The Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Interior Ministry killed two gunmen during an anti-terrorist operation in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, the Information Center of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) has told TASS.
A counter-terrorism operation was launched earlier today in the Khivsky, Tabasaransky and Suleyman-Stalsky districts. During the operation, two gunmen in the village of Nyutyug opened fire on the law enforcement officers before being quickly neutralized by the FSB Spetsnaz.
“During a brief firefight, they were neutralized. Law enforcers found an automatic rifle, a handgun and ammunition for them. The NAC’s operational headquarters organized the activities to identify the gunmen,” the committee’s spokesman said.
Last Monday, two policemen were killed in a Dagestani checkpoint when a suicide bomber detonated his car bomb. The bomb also wounded 17 people at the traffic police post near the city of Derbent.
The explosion occured when the policemen stopped a Lada Priora car for checks near the city of Derbent. Eyewitnesses said the blast was from a terrorist attack and the vehicle stopped purposely before the explosion. The same police check point was assaulted the night before, resulting in one wounded policemen.
Dagestan has become a hub for Islamic militants in the North Caucasus. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has been constantly engaged in counter-terrorist operations and raiding suspected Islamic caches in the region.