Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

North Caucasus – 16 Fighters Eliminated In Woods But Identities Not Known

Posted by Info on 28/03/2011

Seventeen armed fighters and three Russian security force members have been killed in fighting in the restive North Caucusus region of Ingushetia.
“Sixteen fighters were eliminated in the woods… and one was killed when the house he was hiding in was stormed,” the official said. The identities of the militants are not yet known, but law enforcement officials say there is a possibility that Umarov, one of Russia’s most wanted terrorists, could have been killed in the attack.

The pro-Russian authorities in Ingushetia, like other mainly Muslim regions of Russia’s Northern Caucasus, has been seeking to quell an Islamist separatist movement over the past years.

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, said at the time that his forces would “liquidate” those responsible for the attack. at the Domodedovo airport.

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