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Police Kill Two Islamist Militants in Russia’s Tatarstan        Police Kill Two Islamist Militants in Russia’s Tatarstan
19:07 24/10/2012
MOSCOW, October 24 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: FSB, Valiulla Yakupov, Ildus Faizov, Tatarstan, Kazan, Russia

Police and federal security service (FSB) operatives on Wednesday killed two militants in Russia’s predominantly Islamic republic of Tatarstan, as the radical Islamist insurgency shows signs of spreading from the North Caucasus to central Russia.

“The gunmen were killed in the police assault on the building,” spokesman for the Russian Investigative committee, Vladimir Markin, said. “They were suspects in the recent attacks on Muslim leaders in Tatarstan.”

The militants were surrounded in a building in Tatarstan’s capital, Kazan, and offered stiff resistance, killing an FSB officer and injuring two others in a grenade blast. A firefight ensued as the suspects refused to surrender.

Police found three handguns, ammunition, and parts of improvised explosive devices at the scene. One of the militants was wearing a belt containing explosives.

Some 30 residents were evacuated from the building for the duration of the operation and temporarily housed in a nearby school. A pregnant woman went into labor during the evacuation and was taken to a hospital, eyewitnesses said.

Tatarstan has been viewed as a model of interethnic and inter-faith harmony in ethnically diverse Russia. However, July’s attacks on moderate Muslim leaders, which left Tatarstan’s mufti Ildus Faizov severely injured, and his former deputy Valiulla Yakupov dead, were a further, troubling, indication that radical Islam is spreading beyond what had been seen as its ‘traditional’ borders.

Some experts claim that followers of extremist branches of Islam in Tatarstan, which is located in the Volga region some 500 kilometers from Moscow, have put their doctrinal disagreements aside, and are joining forces in order to broaden their influence.

Alexey Malashenko, an Islam expert at the Carnegie Moscow Center, believes that the spread of ultra-conservative branches of Islam, such as Salafism and Wahhabism, from the Caucasus and Central Asia, is a further “internationalizing” factor in this trend.

 

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  • drussianBad feeling
    21:13, 24/10/2012
    Its seems there is something brewing in the North Caucusus Region. There have been a lot of militant activtiy in the past months or is it that the FSB has identified these militants and striking them? The officers/operators are working hard to fight the jihadi's but it cant seem to end. Russia needs finish these scums and end its counter insurgency operations and prepare for the battle ahead of the militants that would be coming from the middle east. When they are finished with the middle east, the militants next target would definitely be north caucasus


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