Russian Spetsnaz tracked and killed North Caucasus rebel leader Aliaskhab Kebekov, also known as Ali Abu Mukhammad al-Dagestani.
Russian special forces believe they have killed the leader of the leading Islamist group Caucasus Emirate in Dagestan pic.twitter.com/otwztnhv4L
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Wanted by Russia since 2012, Kebekov died along two other militants in a fight against Russian Spestnaz in Buynaksk, Republic of Dagestan, Russia.
Kebekov pleadged allegiance to Al-Qaeda last month and was added to the United States list of global terrorists. Kebekov did not support the Islamic State, however.
Russian Spetsnaz surrounded the targeted building and once the negociation failed, a firefight erupted. Russian Special Forces destroyed the rebel building during the fightings.
Fortunately, kids who were in the buildings were handed out and survived. The woman refused to leave and were killed in the firefight.
Kebekov became the leader of the Caucasus Emirate after its founder, Doku Umarov, was killed last year. Umarov claimed responsibility for many terrorist acts Russia.
The Caucasus Emirate is fighting to establish an independent Islamic State in the North Caucasus. The Republic of Dagestan and Chechnya’s dominant religion is Islam.
According to Al Jazeera: “the Kavkaz Centre website, which is used by rebels to release statements, confirmed Kebekov’s death, saying that “our dear brother became a martyr.”
Kebekov is believed to the responsible for the suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd, which claimed 34 dead.
The Russian Spetsnaz also killed two regional leader of the Caucasus Emirate during the operation that started on Sunday.