Umarov's 'successor' Aliaskhab Kebekov eliminated in Dagestan

The National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC) has confirmed that Aliaskhab Kebekov, a successor of Doku Umarov, the head of the terrorist organization Imarat Kavkaz, has been eliminated in Dagestan, the NAC information center told Interfax on Monday.

The National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC) has confirmed that Aliaskhab Kebekov, a successor of Doku Umarov, the head of the terrorist organization Imarat Kavkaz, has been eliminated in Dagestan, the NAC information center told Interfax on Monday.

"The eliminated militants have been tentatively identified as Aliaskhab Kebekov, 43, who replaced Doku Umarov, the head of the international terrorist organization Imarat Kavkaz due to Umarov's neutralization in 2014; Shamil Gadzhiyev, 33, the head of a militant group operating on the territory of the Untukul district of the republic; Omar Magomedov, 35, the head of militant groups of the so-called central underground bandit central sector in Dagestan," the NAC reported.

According to the information possessed by the republic's NAC Operative Headquarters, the people were in hiding and were involved in the organization and commission of a number of grave terrorist crimes, including the formation of bandit groups and numerous attempted murders of civilians and law enforcement officers.

"Thus, the leaders of the terrorist organization Imarat Kavkaz and the bandit groups operating on the territory of the Northern Caucasus were eliminated as a result of prompt and well-coordinated actions by the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Russian Interior Ministry," the NAC said in its statement.

Gadzhiyev and Magomedov were involved in the killing of three cash collectors in April 2006 and in the robbing of a post office in the Untsukul district of the Republic of Dagestan in May 2007, and Gadzhiyev was also involved in the killing of two traffic police inspectors in the Ulyanovsk region in 2008.

Additionally, Kebekov was directly involved in the masterminding of the killing of Dagestan's Sufi Sheikh Said-afandi Chirkeisky in 2012 and in the preparations for terrorist attacks in Volgograd in 2013.

"He was a key figure in the financial structure of Imarat Kavkaz. He essentially organized extortion of money from people. He systematically made extremist statements and called for the killing of public officials," the NAC said.

An investigation is underway.

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