FSB continues Russia’s struggle against terrorism – sleeper cell eliminated


December 17, 2017 – FRN – 

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Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

A counter-terrorism operation has been completed in Dagestan on December 17th. Three militants were eliminated. One has been identified as a wanted criminal on account of killing of eight people, as well as an earlier attack on the convoy of the police force.

It is reported that the battle between special forces and terrorists did not last long. While the first grenades flew toward the assault group in their dwelling, one jumped out of a window, but was greeted with heavy fire. 

The frame of a two-story new house, in which they were captured, apparently should not have attracted attention. The house was only being built, with little to it but the foundation. Found in the dwelling were grenades, guns and other weapons. 

The leader of the group, Aligadzhi Hamutayev, was wanted on eight murders.  The 31-year-old was the ideological follower of Magomedali Vagabov, who was behind the terrorist attacks in the Moscow metro, and Ibrahimkhalil Daudov, whose wife detonated herself under a Moscow Christmas tree. 

Since the liquidation of Daudov, the area of Dagestan has been quiet for several years. The activation of sleeping terrorist cells may be an attempt to organize terror activity in the upcoming holidays, the FSB commented. Intelligence work  continues in Russia’s North Caucasus region. 

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Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.

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