Source: press photo
The Dagestan authorities have confirmed to Interfax the death of Islamic scholar Said Apandi Atsayev (al-Chirkavi) in a bomb explosion in the village of Chirkei.
"The preliminary data is that a total of seven people have been killed, including the sheikh and the female suicide bomber," a spokesperson for the Dagestan Interior Ministry said.
"The sheikh's death is confirmed, a team of investigators are working at the scene," according to a representative of the Russian Investigative Committee's Investigative Directorate for Dagestan.
An attack by a female suicide bomber at the house of well-known Dagestani theologian Said Atsayev has killed three more people, Dagestan's law enforcement authorities told Interfax.
"The preliminary data is that the improvised explosive device attached to the body of a suicide female bomber killed the spiritual leader, as well as three parishioners," a source said.
The house has been cordoned off, a team of investigators are working at the scene, he said.
Meanwhile, a group of terrorists has seized a building housing the weapons room for a special forces squad in the village of Belidzhi in Dagestan's Derbent district; a battle is under way, a source from Dagestan's law enforcement authorities told Interfax.
Several special forces groups set up in Dagestan include Internal Troops units and the Interior Ministry's inter-service teams, the source said.
Officials were not immediately available to confirm this report.
All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
to our newsletter!
Get the week's best stories straight to your inbox