Security forces killed Anzor Astemirov, the leader of the Islamist Yarmuk-Jamaat and mastermind of the 2005 attack on Kabardino-Balkaria’s capital. Astermirov claimed to be the strategist who proposed a unified Islamic insurgency across all of the north Caucasus that abolished recognition of republic borders.
Police killed Abu Haled in an ongoing operation in the Vedeno district of Chechnya. Haled was an Arab fighter who came to Chechnya 13 years ago and was responsible for technical and psychological training of insurgents, and may have been Doku Umarov’s security chief and head of his group’s counter-intelligence operations. Six insurgents and three […]
Radical Islamic scholar Said Buryatsky is believed to be among six killed in a shootout in Ingushetia today. He is thought to be the spiritual mastermind and adviser behind a wave of suicide bombings that have plagued the North Caucasus in recent months. Buryatsky was a well-known star in Russia’s Salafi circles, most notably for […]
Insurgents bombed a main pipeline in Dagestan, leaving about 200,000 people without gas. Dagestan’s gas transport company said it would start reducing gas supplies. An explosion also ripped through a cargo train in Ingushetia, but it is not yet known whether it was a deliberate attack.
Lieutenant-Colonel Shapi Aligadzhiyev, the leader of the special task force police unit, was shot dead in the capital of Dagestan by two gunmen today. One of the gunmen is thought to have been injured and fled the scene; the other was killed by guards. Aligadzhiyev’s death is the latest in a slew of high-profile assassinations […]
Four Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan fighters were killed and another was captured in the conservative northern region of Tajikistan known as Ferghana Valley. One security officer was injured during a three-hour raid on a house in which militants were hiding. The men had been wanted since 2006 on suspicion of previous assassinations, including the killing […]
Police killed three insurgents in a shootout in Dagestan, near the border of Chechnya. In Chechnya, one insurgent was killed and two more were detained in a police operation in Achkhoi-Martan district. In Ingushetia, a car rigged with explosives and parked near a bus stop in the city of Nazran was defused by an explosive […]
Six people were injured when a female suicide bomber detonated beside a law enforcement vehicle in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Suicide bombings have been on the rise since Doku revived the Riyad us Saliheen martyr brigade in late April. They have sporadically increased since the start of Ramadan, following Doku’s speech in which he […]
Two more suicide bombers detonated their vests while held up in a house in Grozny. Three police officers and three civilians were injured. The bombers have been identified as Adam Ustarkhanov and Saikhan Ospanov; both were members of Khusein Gakayev’s gang. Three more insurgents were killed in a shootout with police in the capital of […]
The suicide bomber behind the Aug. 17 attack against a police station in Nazron has been identified as Said Abu Sa’ad, a well-known Islamic preacher with scores of followers in Russia. He has indoctrinated recruits into jihadist activities in the past, the latest example being a suicide bomber who attacked the concert hall in Grozny. […]
A suicide bomber killed four police officers in the Shali region of Chechnya. The Caucasus Emirate has issued a fatwa endorsing the right to kill moderate-separatist Akhmed Zakayev. Zakayev has come under the scrutiny of Islamist separatists for recently holding talks with representatives of Kadyrov’s Moscow-backed government. Despite being critical of Kadyrov’s policies, Zakayev has […]
Two suicide bombers killed four policemen in Grozny. The Riyad Us Saliheen martyr brigade officially took credit for the June 17 suicide truck bombing in Nazran, Ingushetia, and the recent destruction of the hydroelectric dam, which caused many civilian deaths. The Caucasus Emirate has announced the start of an “economic war” focusing on industrial sabotage.
A suicide truck bomb killed 18 people and injured more than 70 in Nazran, the largest city in Ingushetia. The bomb was detonated as officers were gathering for morning check-in at a police base. This is the fifth suicide bombing since Doku Umarov revived the Riyad Us Saliheen martyr brigade in April and vowed to […]
Insurgents killed five police and wounded four more during an ambush in Chechnya Sunday evening. Grenade launchers and automatic weapons were said to have been used in the attack. Earlier Sunday, a police officer was gunned down in Dagestan and three workers from Ingushetia’s air rescue service were killed.
Nine insurgents were killed by security forces in the Russian Federation Republic of Dagestan today. Zaal Kasrelishvili, the leader of the mostly inactive Confederation of the Peoples of the Caucasus, has stated that roughly forty militants have become active again in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge. Militants used the gorge as a rear base and for arms […]
A suicide bomber killed three police and two civilians outside a concert hall in Grozny, Chechnya. This is the fourth suicide bombing since Doku Umarov revived the Riyad Us Saliheen martyr brigade in late April. Six insurgents were killed the previous day in special operations in Chechnya. A large arms cache was also discovered in […]
Five insurgents were killed in a shootout at a remote military checkpoint near the Afghan border of Tajikistan. The attackers had Russian citizenship. Two were from the “southern fringe,” most likely the Caucasus, where Russia’s active Islamist insurgency persists; the other three were a man from Tatarstan, an ethnic Kazakh, and an ethnic Russian.
Two officers and two servicemen were killed in a shootout in Chechnya in the southwest district of Vedensky when forces engaged about 15 insurgents hidden in the forest. A bomb blast in Grozny also killed one officer. Three militants and a soldier were killed during a two-hour nighttime gun battle with police in Dagestan, the […]
Mirzo Ziyoyey, a Tajik Ex-minister and former Islamist rebel, was shot dead today. He was arrested on Saturday, along with five Chechen nationals, on suspicion of connections with the insurgents that attacked a police post near the Afghan border recently. He agreed to reveal the group’s hidden weapons and surrender, but a gun battle interrupted […]
Prague Watchdog conducted an exclusive phone interview with Doku Umarov, confirming he was not killed during recent fighting. Doku said his forces will attempt to avoid civilian targets, “but for me there are no civilians in Russia.” He also said “even bigger operations” than Beslan will be carried out.
Nine Chechen police were killed in Ingushetia when insurgents opened fire on their convoy from a forested area. Nine more police were injured in this attack; two troops from the Russian Interior Ministry died the previous day as a result of three separate blasts in Chechnya; five more servicemen were wounded in the blasts.
Chechen President Kadyrov has been given permission by Russian President Medvedev to annihilate insurgents in Ingushetia following the suicide attack on the Ingush President Yevkurov. The suicide bomber may have been female. Yevkurov is currently on artificial respiration and reportedly in grave condition after suffering damage to a host of organs, including his brain.
Two of President Yevkurov’s bodyguards are killed in a suicide car bombing that targeted his convoy. This attack and others cast doubts that the insurgency is logistically impaired.
Ingush terrorists have critically injured the President of Ingushetia and killed two of his bodyguards in a suicide attack on his convoy. This is the third suicide bombing since Doku Umarov announced the revival of the Riyad Us Saliheen martyr brigade in April. Two terrorists, including Adamei Dzhappuyev, the deputy for Jamaat leader Emir Saifullah, […]
Abdullayev, the son of Chechen rebel leader Supyan Abdullayev, has disappeared after being deported from Egypt and arriving in Moscow. Egypt deported four other Chechens who were among the many arrested between May 26-27. Two insurgents were killed in a shootout in Dagestan. In Kabardino-Balkaria, four insurgents were killed in a shootout.
The representative of the General Mission of the Caucasus Emirate has denied claims of Doku Umarov’s death, calling them Russian fabrications. One officer died in a shootout with insurgents in Dagestan. A top judge was assassinated in Ingushetia; this high-profile killing follows closely after the assassination of Dagestan’s interior minister on June 5.
Doku Umarov may have been killed. The Interfax news agency claimed an unidentified contact in a Russian law enforcement agency confirmed his death. Interfax stated that tests are being conducted on the remains to confirm the identification. This may be a false report; in the past, Russia has claimed deaths of top-level rebels only to […]
A Russian soldier and an insurgent were killed in a shootout in Dagestan’s capital. In North Ossetia, two people were killed in a drive-by shooting. An explosive device on a vehicle in Ingusetia killed three people; they may have been insurgents killed accidentally. On Saturday, three officers were killed in Chechnya during two separate explosions.
Security forces surrounded an apartment building in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria. A firefight ensued, resulting in the deaths of four insurgents; among them may be the rebel leader Anzor Astemirov. Security forces are continuing joint operations against insurgents in Ingusetia and Chechnya for the 11th day. Chechen President Kadyrov claims 21 terrorists have been […]
Insurgents conducted an attack in the Uzbekistan town of Khanabad at or near the border crossing with Kyrgyzstan. The border has been sealed and security forces have deployed around the Ferghana Valley. Uzbek officials say only two militants were involved and independent news outlets state numbers of around 20 while Eurasia.net claims a governmental building […]