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Russia ‘kills 8 ISIS militants’ in Caucasus raid

245462_img650x420_img650x420_cropMembers of Russia’s special forces stand guard during an operation on suspected militants in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

MOSCOW: Russian security services said Sunday that they killed eight Islamists who had pledged allegiance to ISIS and were behind attacks in the Caucasus region.

Special forces clashed with a “group of armed persons” in a mountain forest area near to Chechnya, said the National Antiterrorist Committee, without saying when the incident happened.

“As a result of a firefight, eight militants were neutralized.”

The committee added in a statement that the slain militants “recently pledged allegiance and joined the international terrorist organization ISIS” and were implicated in a series of police murders and other crimes.

The statement, published by Russian news agencies, said one of the men was identified as Adam Tagilov, who organized an armed raid on Grozny, the main city in Chechnya, in December 2014.


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