FSB Kills Two During Anti-Terrorist Operation in Dagestan

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.

Russian Security Forces in Dagestan. © Ruslan Alibekov/TASS/NewsTeam, archive
Russian Security Forces in Dagestan. © Ruslan Alibekov/TASS/NewsTeam, archive

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.

Traffic police post hit by car bomb near Derbent © Bashir Aliyev/NewsTeam/TASS
Traffic police post hit by car bomb near Derbent © Bashir Aliyev/NewsTeam/TASS

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.

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