August 18, 2015

North Caucasus: On August 10-16, at least 7 persons fell victim to armed conflicts


During the week of August 10-16, 2015, at least seven persons suffered in the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus. Of them, six persons were killed, and one person was wounded. These are the results of the calculations run by the "Caucasian Knot" based on its own materials and information from other open sources.
All six casualties are suspected members of the armed underground in Dagestan.
Attacks on law enforcers
On August 16, a shootout occurred between suspected members of illegal armed formation (IAF) and law enforcers in the forest near the village of Gimry of the Untsukul District in Dagestan. The militant grouping presumably included 7-9 persons. When they saw the law enforcers, they opened fire, and two of them were killed by return fire. One of the killed men was identified as 30-year-old Gadji Abdullaev, the Amir of the mountainous sector of militants, well-known throughout the armed underground as Abu Dudjana, a source in the law enforcement bodies reports. According to the source, the shootout was initiated by members of the Gimry terrorist grouping, and the rest of them were liquidated on August 10.
Special and counterterrorist operations
At 5:30 a.m. Moscow time on August 10, the counterterrorist operation (CTO) regime was introduced in the Untsukul District of Dagestan. On August 11, the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) reported that during the CTO, four militants were killed and several others fled. Three submachine guns, two pistols, and ammunition were found near the killed militants. A fighter of the special unit of the internal troops was wounded during the CTO. One of the killed militants was identified as Magomed Suleimanov, the leader of the "Imarat Kavkaz", recognized in Russia as a terrorist organization. The number of the other killed militants included Kamil Saidov, the head of the "Vilayat Dagestan", and Abdul Abdulaev and Omar Suleimanov, members of IAFs.
At 1:00 p.m. Moscow time on August 14, law enforcers cancelled the CTO regime introduced within the administrative boundaries of the Tsumada District of Dagestan in early August.
On August 14, residents of Groznyreported a sharp enhancement of security measures. According to them, every night, Grozny exposes reinforced squads of police and special forces fighters. While on duty, law enforcers are checking documents of drivers and carrying out inspection of vehicles. This was reported by the local residents. Some of them believe that the enhancement of security measures may be related to a possible increase in the activities of militants in the Chechen section of the Russian-Georgian border. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) explains the enhancement of security measures by the fight against violators of traffic rules and preparation for the holidays.
Detentions
On August 15, Zhabrail Shugushev, a resident of the village of Dugulubgei (Dygulybgei) of the Baksan District of Kabardino-Balkaria, was detained at his house after the search and taken away to some unknown destination. According to the detainee's wife, during the search, Zhabrail was beaten. "Ural", "UAZ", "Gazel", and four passenger cars without state license plates stood near the house belonging to the Shugushev family. Later, according to an eyewitness to the Zhabrail Shugushev's detention, dog specialists with their dogs and two police patrol cars arrived. Zhabrail was forced into a "Gazel" car, driven for several meters, then forced into a car without state license plates and drove away to some unknown destination. From the morning until the late evening, the whereabouts of Zhabrail Shugushev were not known.
Kidnappings
At 4:00 a.m. of August 9, Magomed Gaikuev, a resident of the Dagestani village of Andi, whose whereabouts had been unknown starting from August 2, returned home. According to the man, on August 2, he went on the road to hitch-hike to go home. Two cars stood beside him. Those were "Ural" and "UAZ" cars travelling in the direction of Chechnya. Three men in masks came out of the cars, put a sack over the Magomed's head and forced him into their car. It took about four hours to drive him to the locations of the law enforcers. Then, Magomed Gaikuev was taken to a room with a table and several chairs. When communicating with Magomed, the men who detained him were in masks, and they spoke in Russian without any accent. He was not beaten; however, according to him, he was subjected to "impact of electric current". According to Magomed Gaikuev, the law enforcers "showed him a lot of pictures of men with beards" and asked him to say whom of them he knew and of anyone of them approached him when he was engaged in haymaking. Late in the night of August 8, men in masks entered the room where Magomed Gaikuev was kept. They put a sack over his head and, without any explanation, forced him into a car. At 4:00 a.m., they drove him straight to the shed and dropped him out of the car. The men in masks apologized to Magomed Gaikuev and said that he was free. The information was reported on August 10.

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