Russia's special forces agents. Photo: http://nac.gov.ru/antiterroristicheskie-ucheniya/operativnym-shtabom-v-altayskom-krae-provedeno-0.html

07 May 2018, 12:20

On April 30-May 5, 2018, five persons fell victim to armed conflict in Northern Caucasus

During the week of April 30-May 5, 2018, at least five persons fell victim to the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus. Of them, three were killed and two others were wounded. These are the results of the calculations run by the "Caucasian Knot" based on its own materials and information from other open sources.

The death toll includes three suspected members of the armed underground in the Stavropol Territory.

Attacks on law enforcers

On May 1, in the city of Neftekumsk in the Stavropol Territory, a man attacked with a knife a criminal investigator and tried to escape. While patrol policemen tried to detain him, the man stabbed one of the policemen and after that they used their service weapon to shoot at him. The man died in the hospital. Both injured policemen were hospitalized. The terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS) banned in Russia by court claimed responsibility for the attack on the policemen. According to a source from the Antiterrorist Commission for the Stavropol Territory, the policemen could be attacked by 21-year-old Ramil Shabakaev, who had earlier criminal record for attempting to join the IS*.

Special and counterterrorist operations

On May 4, in Nevinnomyssk in the Stavropol Territory, when law enforcers tried to detain two leaders of a religious extremist unit, who planned to commit terror acts, the suspects rendered armed resistance and were killed. According to the "Kommersant", the killed suspects were residents of Nevinnomyssk, and the special operation was conducted in the village of Rabochy in the Kochubei District. At the place of the shootout, law enforcers discovered a laboratory for manufacture of explosives, an improvised explosive device (IED), firearms, ammunition, and grenades.

*The organization "Islamic State" (IS, formerly ISIL) is recognized as a terrorist and is banned in Russia by court.

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