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Special operations forces killed Rais Mingaleyev and Beslan Nazipov, two wanted militants linked to an assassination attempt on a mufti in Tatarstan in 2012, during a raid overnight on May 1. Another counterterrorism operation was launched in the Karabudakhkent district of Dagestan on April 29.
Special operations forces killed up to five militants during a raid on two homes in the coastal city of Derbent in Dagestan; two officers were wounded. Authorities said the members of a "southern" terrorist group were planning attacks in Dagestan during May holidays.
A woman who shot at security forces during a counterterrorism raid in Khasavyurt in Dagestan was killed; the operation is said to be ongoing. Said Amirov, the former mayor of the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala, is being tried on murder and terrorism charges. A court in Bashkortostan convicted five members of the banned group Hizb ut-Tahrir, sentencing the organizer, local resident Vadim Khabirov, to two years in jail and imposing fines on the other four.
Masked gunmen assassinated an imam in rural Dagestan. Police arrested 22 protesters at an unauthorized rally in support of the former mayor of Makhachkala in Dagestan, who is accused terrorism and murder. Earlier this week, five Islamic militants, including ringleader Isa Khashagulgov, were sentenced to prison for a 2010 suicide bombing in North Ossetia that killed 20 people and injured over 200.
Suspected Islamist militants killed four Russian soldiers and wounded seven more in a roadside bombing in Chechnya. A Russian jihadist website released videos featuring "Abdullah," a Chechen boxer, and Abu 'Issa al-Andalusi, a Portuguese soccer player, who died fighting in Islamist ranks in Syria. The video claimed that at the time he was killed, Abdullah was fighting alongside "our brother Abu Usama Ubeida al-Ansari."