At the site of the terror act. Kizlyar, Dagestan, 1996. Photo: REUTERS/Stringer

09 January 2019, 23:20

At mourning rally, Kizlyar residents commemorate victims of 1996 terror act

Today, residents of the city of Kizlyar have honoured the memory of the victims of the terror act committed by Chechen militants headed by Salman Raduev on January 9, 1996.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in 2016 townspeople marked the 20th anniversary of the militants' attack on Kizlyar with a rally of about 500 people.

On January 9, 1996, militants under the leadership of Chechen commanders Salman Raduev, Khunkar-Pasha Israpilov and Turpal-Ali Atgeriev attacked the Dagestani city of Kizlyar. The militants attacked the helicopter base of the Russian troops and the military town of the battalion of the Interior Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Russia, where about 3000 hostages were taken in the hospital.

Several hundred residents of Kizlyar came to the mourning rally held in the park, where the monument to the victims of the terror act was erected. They laid flowers at the memorial and the monument to the perished law enforcers, the press service of the city Mayoralty reports.

Akhmed Salamov, who took part in negotiations with the militants, has shared his memoirs about the attack on Kizlyar.

"That day is a black date in the history of the city of Kizlyar. Grief visited every home, regardless of whether it actually touched people personally or not. We should not forget about the price we paid for this peace, and about those who sacrificed their lives for it," the press service of the "Rosgvardia" (Russian National Guard) quotes Magomed Yusupov, a Police Lieutenant Colonel, as saying at the rally.

Mourning events were also held in the territories of the police station and the hospital, where in 1996 the militants held their hostages.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 9, 2019 at 06:31 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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