A Dagestan-based militant leader who swore allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL), was picked as “emir” by IS chief al-Baghdadi and was linked to terrorist acts in Russia’s Vol-Go-grad, has been eliminated, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said.
The terrorist cell was neutralized near the southern Russian city of Makhachkala, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan.
Aselderov and four other militants were found hiding out in a house in the village. After the hideout was surrounded, the police started negotiations and asked the militants to surrender.
In response, the terrorists fired automatic weapons and were killed by return fire. None of the officers taking part in the operation were injured.
The FSB said Aselderov was one of the organizers of the terrorist attack on Volgograd’s train station on December 29, 2013, which killed 18 people and left dozens injured after a suicide bomber blew herself up at the station’s entrance.