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A National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) special operation arrested Yulai Davletbayev, who was suspected of preparing terrorist attacks in Moscow. The suspect had been working as a taxi driver in the city, which enabled him to conduct surveillance of possible attack sites. He allegedly led a cell of terrorists affiliated with the Turkistan Islamic Party. He and his cell had trained and fought in the Afghan/Pakistan area since 2010 and recently returned to Russia to carry out attacks; they planned to return to Afghanistan after the attacks.
Security forces from outside Dagestan raided the bunker of Dagestan mayor Said Amirov and took him by helicopter to Moscow. The Federal Investigative Committee in Moscow said Amirov was arrested along with more than 10 accomplices, and that he is suspected of arranging the 2011 murder of one of the Committee's Dagestan investigators.
The Assad regime in Syria claimed to have received a first shipment of S-300 Russian missiles. Russia's Foreign Ministry said officials from Russia, the US, and the UN would meet on June 5 to try to pave the way for a Syrian peace conference. Special forces surrounded a militant hideout in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, and killed three suspected militants who refused to surrender; a woman and a child were allowed to leave the premises.
A female suicide bomber detonated in a car near a police building in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala, killing herself and wounding at least 12 other people. Madina Alieva, the widow of two slain Islamist militants, blew herself up after being stopped by police for a document check about 100 meters from the regional police ministry, seriously injuring two police officers. On May 20, two car bombs near court buildings in Makhachkala killed four people and wounded dozens more. Violence in the region has surged recently.
Russian security forces killed Dzhamaleil Mutaliyev, whom they described as the "right hand man" of Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov, during a shootout in the Ingush town of Nazran. Mutaliyev was killed along with another militant, Alikhan Ozdoyev, after refusing to surrender during a night raid in Nazran.
Security forces killed two suspected insurgents and arrested a third after a gunbattle in a Moscow suburb; the three men were Russians who had trained in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and were said to be planning an attack in the capital. Two successive car bombs detonated near court buildings in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala, killing as many as eight people and wounding over 20. Successive bomb attacks are a hallmark of the North Caucasus Islamist insurgency.
A court in the southwestern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don is hearing the case of Ali Taziyev, a.k.a. Magas, a top commander in the Caucasus Emirate Islamist insurgent group. He was arrested in 2010, and faces 24 charges of terrorism, including planning the assassination attempt against Ingushetia leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov in 2009. A bomb detonated in the Dagestan capital of Makhachkala, killing two people and seriously injuring two more.
Security forces raided the home of two suspected terrorists in Dagestan, killing both. One of the dead men was identified as "the bomber" Shakhrudin Askhabov, who was linked to attacks on police and local stores. Five suspected insurgents have been killed in Dagestan this week, and thousands of people were evacuated from a Dagestani village during a counterterrorism operation earlier in April.
Security forces looking for Islamist militants rounded up 140 Muslims, including 30 foreigners, from a Moscow prayer room; it was not clear whether they would be charged. Law enforcement personnel claimed that some of the detainees had joined the North Caucasus Islamist insurgency.
After a two-day gunbattle with militants in Dagestan's Untsukul district that killed three militants and wounded one security force member, an explosion near a school in Buinaksk killed one policeman and wounded three more. A checkpoint was also attacked.
The Foreign Ministry criticized a recent UN letter telling Damascus that the UN inquiry into the use of chemical weapons in Syria would extend beyond their alleged use by Syrian rebels in March near Aleppo. Russia believes the inquiry should focus only on that incident.
A former militant alleged that Ingushetia Prime Minister Musa Chiliyev pays $1 million per month to the Caucasus Emirate terrorist group so it will not to kill him. Ingushetia is currently embroiled in a border dispute with Chechnya as well internal political dissensions.
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.
Security forces killed three militants in Kabardino-Balkaria suspected of plotting to attack churches on the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday. Authorities said the suspects were killed after opening fire on security forces; the suspects' vehicle, which caught fire, was said to contain weapons and explosives.
Russia launched its largest naval exercise in decades, with ships from its Northern, Baltic, Black Sea, and Pacific fleets heading to the Black and Mediterranean seas. The exercise, set for the end of January, will include antiterrorism and antipiracy drills. Last month military sources said Russian ships were deploying to Syria for possible evacuation of Russian citizens.
Ibragim Dudarov, a deputy mufti in North Ossetia, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen near Vladikavkaz. His mufti said Islamist militants were not active in North Ossetia. The attack is the seventh this year against Islamic leaders in Russia. Police shot and killed Alim Lampezhev, a wanted militant leader in Kabardino-Balkaria, along with two associates.