MOSCOW: Russian security forces said on Monday they had killed an al Qaeda agent and a second rebel fighter in its troubled North Caucasus region of Dagestan.
Russian officials say cash from foreign-based radical organisations is funding the recent surge of violence in Dagestan and the other two North Caucasus regions of Chechnya and Ingushetia in which dozens of people have died.
“A representative of an international terrorist organization in the North Caucasus tasked to oversee terrorist acts in Dagestan was neutralized during a combat operation,” a security officer told local television news channel.
“He is an Algerian national widely known in undergroundgangs as ‘Doctor Muhammed”,” said the official.
Muhammed and a second rebel fighter were killed when police stormed a house in Dagestan’s Khasavyurt district bordering Chechnya on Sunday night, Russian news agencies reported.