In Derbent, Dagestan , a group of militants has been eliminated as part of a special operation. According to the press release, fire was opened when the authorities attempted to check in on a specific residential address. Three people belonging to an extremist organisation were killed.
Officers of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Dagestan are still conducting the special operation in Derbent, where another group of extremists are blocked in a private house. The militants are firing on the officers from inside – an exchange of gunfire continues.
The fight seems pointless, as those inside the house are bound to run out of ammunition. The only options at this point are surrender or suicide.
The Republics of Dagestan and Chechnya have housed extremist and militarist individuals in modern Russian history. Many of them are funded from abroad and subscribe to extremist ideologies of foreign origin. In recent years, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has dealt harshly to anyone that destabilises peace in the area, but the republics still produce the biggest threat of terrorism for all of the Russian Federation and beyond.
The Russian Ministry of Defense estimates around 4,000 Russian nationals who are fighting in Syria on the side of the rebels. Another 5,500 are citizens of Central Asian republics. The prevention of their return home and the liquidation of new recruitment is one of the main tasks of Russia’s anti-terrorism policy.