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Russian forces claimed to have killed Chechen Islamist leader Adam Khushalayev, a.k.a. Abu-Malik, in a gunbattle in Chechnya's Vedeno district; he had been wanted by the authorities for 10 years. Two other militants were also killed in the clash.
Authorities in Tatarstan conducted raids in Naberezhnye Chelny, arresting two leaders of the banned Islamic group Nurcular. Security forces in Dagestan killed six militants suspected of involvement in a suicide bombing near Khasavyurt that killed four policemen and wounded six more; a special forces officer died in the raid.
Authorities detained 271 people, including migrants from Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, and Afghanistan, at Muslim prayer rooms in St. Petersburg. Security officials are seeking to dismantle a terrorist group said to be operating in the city and planning attacks. One of the detainees, Murat Sarbashev, is suspected of distributing extremist propaganda.
President Putin criticized Western actions in Libya and Syria as creating jihadist "blowback." The Council of Europe alleged torture of prisoners by Russian authorities attempting to suppress Islamist insurgents in the Caucasus. Two wanted Caucasus Emirate leaders were among 11 militants killed in an operation in Chechnya this week.
A judge of Daghestan's Supreme Court who worked on cases involving Islamic terrorists and militants was assassinated in Makhachkala on Jan. 15. Last week a militant and a policeman were killed in a raid in Novy Khushet near Makhachkala where two militants were holed up.