15 August 2016, 06:47
On August 8-14, 2016, 11 persons killed in armed conflict in Northern Caucasus
During the week of August 8-14, 2016, 11 persons were killed in the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus. No wounded were reported. 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 one civilian in Dagestan, two law enforcers in Dagestan, and eight suspected members of the armed underground, including seven in Dagestan and one in Kabardino-Balkaria.
Attacks on law enforcers
At about 12:00 a.m. of August 12, in the vicinity of the town of Izberbash, unidentified persons shelled inspectors of the road-and-patrol service (known as DPS) from a Ford Focus car passing by. Two policemen were killed. The attackers seized the policemen's service weapon and fled in their own car.
At night of August 14, in Kabardino-Balkaria, on the federal highway "Kavkaz", law enforcers killed Khizir Likhov, one of the leaders of the local armed underground. According to law enforcers, Khizir Likhov attacked inspectors of the operative DPS squad on duty on the road and agents of the Kabardino-Balkarian security service and was killed during a shootout. No law enforcer suffered in the shootout.
Special and counterterrorist operations
On August 11, the counterterrorist operation (CTO) legal regime was introduced in the territory of the village of Andi of the Botlikh District of Dagestan. Several houses were blocked by law enforcers. In a shootout which occurred during a special operation in the Botlikh District in Dagestan, law enforcers killed four persons, including Shamil Gadjiev, the suspected leader of the "mountainous sector" of the armed underground, his brother Ali Gadjiev, and Yakub Magomedov and Magomedgadji Magomedgadjiev. No law enforcers or local civilians suffered. At 11:00 a.m. (Moscow time) of the same day, the CTO legal regime was lifted.
At night of August 14, in the course of a shooting in the village of Tagirkent-Kazmalyar in the Magaramkent District of Dagestan, law enforcers killed Alikber Aliskerov, who was put on the federal wanted list as a member of an illegal armed formation (IAF). Fighters of the federal forces asked the man to stop for check of his documents. In response, he opened fire on them and was killed in a shootout. At 7:30 a.m. Moscow time, the CTO legal regime was introduced within the administrative boundaries of the village of Tagirkent-Kazmalyar. The house, to which the suspect was supposedly going, was blocked. At 20:00 p.m. Moscow time, the CTO legal regime in the village of Tagirkent-Kazmalyar was lifted.
Bombings and terror acts
On August 8, in one of private houses in the village of Aimaki of the Gergebil District of Dagestan, in the course of operational and search activities, law enforcers found two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and neutralized them with the help of pressure charges. The IEDs were formed from two buckets with explosive substances, with total power of about 10 kg of TNT equivalent.
In the morning of August 8, a VAZ-2114 car with burned bodies of two men inside it was found on the outskirts of the village of Dyuzlyar of the Derbent District of Dagestan. According to a staff member of the Investigating Committee, two men whose bodies were found inside a burned-out car, were transporting a bomb in their car, and its detonation caused the fire.
Attacks on civilians
At about 23:30 p.m. Moscow time of August 10, unidentified criminals broke into a private house in the village of Asab of the Shamil District of Dagestan, where federal judge Ubaidula Magomedov lived together with his family members. The attackers killed the federal judge. According to one of the versions, the murder might be caused by the compelling stand of the judge against members of illegal armed formations (IAFs).