Police Kill Dagestan Bomb Plotter

A mastermind of the May 3 deadly terrorist attack in Dagestan’s capital city of Makhachkala was killed in a special police operation early on Wednesday, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said.

Hussein Mamayev, the leader of the so-called “Makhachkala”gang, was surrounded in a building under construction in the outskirts of Makhachkala.

“The bandit refused to surrender and offered armed resistance,” the committee said in a statement. “He was killed by return fire.”

Police seized a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a handgun at the site.

A car bomb went off near a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Makhachkala on May 3 and another blast occurred in a Gazelle minivan shortly afterward. The explosions killed 13 and injured at least 100.

The search for another three militants suspected of involvement in the attack is underway.

Dagestan remains a hotbed of Islamic insurgency, with rebels regularly carrying out attacks on law enforcements and civilians in the North Caucasus republic.


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