13 March 2012, 12:30

In January-February, 180 persons fell victim to armed conflict in Northern Caucasus

At least 180 people fell victim to the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus during the first two months of 2012: 96 persons in January, and 84 – in February. These are the results of calculations made by the "Caucasian Knot" based on its own materials and information from other open sources.

The above count of victims includes at least 101 casualties: 48 persons were lost in January, and 53 – in February. At least 79 people were wounded: 48 – in January and 31 – in February.

One should understand that the above statistics cannot reflect with absolute accuracy the number of victims in each of the identified categories of the survey. Not all the data gets into news reports. It is not always possible to verify the reliability of statements made by law enforcement bodies.

The January's death toll includes 29 suspected members of illegal armed formations (IAFs); 14 law enforcers and 5 civilians. In February, 24 power agents, 21 suspected IAF members and 8 civilians were killed.

In January, at least 42 power agents and 6 civilians were wounded, in February – 28 law enforcers, two militants and one civilian.

In January, seven law enforcers were lost in Dagestan, four – in Chechnya, and three – in Kabardino-Balkaria. Three civilians were killed in January in Dagestan and two – in Kabardino-Balkaria. Thirteen suspected IAF members were killed in Dagestan in January, six – in Kabardino-Balkaria, six – in Chechnya, three – in Ingushetia, and one – in North Ossetia.

In February, 18 law enforcers perished in Chechnya, four – in Dagestan, and two – in Kabardino-Balkaria. Eight suspected IAF members were liquidated in Dagestan, seven – in Chechnya, and six – in Kabardino-Balkaria. Six civilians perished in Dagestan, and one – in the Stavropol Territory and North Ossetia each.

In January, 16 power agents were wounded in Chechnya, twelve – in Kabardino-Balkaria, ten – in Dagestan, and two – in Ingushetia North Ossetia each. Also, six civilians were wounded: four – in Kabardino-Balkaria, and one – in Dagestan and Chechnya.

In February, 24 power agents were wounded in Chechnya, 3 – in Kabardino-Balkaria, and one in Dagestan. Also, two suspected militants were wounded: one in Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria each. Besides, one civilian was wounded in Kabardino-Balkaria.

In January, the death toll was the highest in Dagestan – 23 casualties, eleven perished in Kabardino-Balkaria, ten – in Chechnya, three – in Ingushetia, and one – in North Ossetia. In February, more people perished in Chechnya – 25 casualties, 18 – in Dagestan, 8 – in Kabardino-Balkaria, and one – in the Stavropol Territory, and North Ossetia each.

In January, most wounded persons were in Chechnya – 17, 16 – in Kabardino-Balkaria, 11 – in Dagestan – 11, and two – in Ingushetia and North Ossetia each. In February, most of the wounded persons were in Chechnya – 24 people; 5 persons suffered in Kabardino-Balkaria, and two – in Dagestan.

Thus, in January, most victims were registered in Dagestan – 34 persons (23 killed and 11 wounded). Next go Kabardino-Balkaria – 27 people (11 killed and 16 wounded), and Chechnya – 27 people (10 killed and 17 wounded). Five people fell victim in Ingushetia (three killed and two wounded), and three – in North Ossetia (one killed and two wounded).

In February, the "hottest" point in Northern Caucasus was Chechnya: at least 49 persons fell victim of the armed conflict there: 25 people were killed and 24 wounded. Then go Dagestan with 20 victims (18 killed and 2 wounded.) and Kabardino-Balkaria with 13 victims (8 killed and 5 wounded). In each of the Stavropol Territory and in North Ossetia one person perished.

This year's January saw at least 20 attacks were committed on employees of law enforcement and other power bodies, including nine – in Dagestan, six – in Kabardino-Balkaria, three – in Chechnya, two – in Ingushetia, and one – in North Ossetia. In February, at least nine attacks on law enforcers were committed: four – in Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria each, and one – in Chechnya.

In January, there were at least six explosions and terror acts, all of them – in Dagestan. Four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were neutralized: three – in Dagestan and one – in Ingushetia. In February, three IEDs were neutralized, all of them – in Dagestan. There were three explosions, two in Dagestan and one – in the Stavropol Territory.

In January, at least nine times power agents had to carry out special operations or engage in armed clashes with IAF members: four times – in Chechnya and Dagestan each, and once in Ingushetia. In February, there were at least 10 special operations undertaken by power agents against IAF members: five – in Dagestan, two – in Kabardino-Balkaria and Chechnya each, and one – in Ingushetia.

In January, there were at least three attacks on civilians: two – in Dagestan and one in Kabardino-Balkaria. In February, civilians were attacked three times: in Dagestan, North Ossetia and Kabardino-Balkaria.

Kidnappings

In January, at least four times applications were submitted to law enforcement bodies about disappearances or kidnappings, all the four incidents occurred in Dagestan. One earlier missing resident of Ingushetia was found.

Thus, according to his relatives, on December 24, 2011, Kurban Davudov, a resident of Makhachkala, drove away in his car and never returned. Zaurbek Magomedov, a villager from Guni, Kazbek District of Dagestan, told the police that his wife – Bogach, Svetlana Bogdanovna, born in 1990, on January 2, 2012, left home at 11:30 a.m. and never returned.

Also in Dagestan, Magomed Magomedov, a resident of Makhachkala, born in 1988, disappeared: on January 20, the young man left home for work, but never reached the place. Later, his mother said that her son was kept at the Centre for Combating Extremism. Tamara Alieva, a resident of Makhachkala, told about kidnapping of her son – Sirazhudin Aliev, 23, – by unidentified persons wearing camouflage uniform and masks.

Adam Gagiev, a resident of the village of Ekazhevo, Nazran District of Ingushetia, who disappeared on January 5, was found in a social rehabilitation centre in Moscow.

In February, at least six times the police received applications about disappearances or kidnappings.

On February 29, Rashidat Khalidova, a resident of the village of Chontaul, Kizilyurt District of Dagestan, reported a disappearance of her husband Akav Khalidov, 28. Akav Khalidov is a strictly practicing Muslim; he is registered with the police and rears a minor child.

Leila Borova, a resident of Nazran, turned to the city police department with an application, reporting about disappearance of her 20-year-old son Ababukar Borov. According to her story, the young man left home on October 10, 2011, but since then, nothing was known about him. Earlier, Ababukar Borov had twice left home and went to work in Stavropol. The Ingush Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) said that operative actions are undertaken to find him.

A resident of the Sunzha District of Ingushetia reported about disappearance in Ingushetia of his brother Amirkhan Gadaborshev, living in Kabardino-Balkaria. The Ingush MIA is searching him.

Rustam Aushev a resident of Nazran, born in 1988, who went to the Stavropol Territory in search of work, disappeared in the city of Mineralnye Vody.

Tamala Alieva turned to the Lenin ROVD (District Interior Division) of Makhachkala, the Dagestani Prosecutor's Office and the Investigatory Department for Dagestan of the Investigatory Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) with an application about kidnapping of her son Sirazhutdin Aliev and his friend Gazimagomed Abdullaev. According to her story, the young men disappeared on January 21, and as of February 2, their whereabouts remained unknown.

On February 3, three men disappeared from the village of Shamkhal in Dagestan; the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was informed about it by the local named Shamil Magomedov.

In February, Svetlana Bogach, earlier regarded as missing, was found – the woman was at her cousin's in Moscow.

Khava Esmurzieva, a minor resident of the village of Sagopshi, Malgobek District of Ingushetia, who disappeared in the end of last year, was found alive. In the course of operative-search actions, her whereabouts was established; and she was transferred to her relatives.

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