A militant leader linked to the terrorist organization Islamic State banned in Russia has been killed in a counterterrorist operation in the village of Gimry, the Untsukul district of Dagestan, the National Antiterrorist Committee said in a statement on Saturday.
A source with local law enforcement agencies had told Interfax earlier on Saturday that a man suspected of belonging to illegal armed groups had been killed in a special operation in Gimry.
"The active phase has been completed, and one gunman has been killed. He has been identified preliminarily as Abdula Nustapayev, a local resident and an active member of a Gimry sabotage and terrorist group that has just been destroyed," the source said.
Nustapayev has been on the federal wanted list since June 2011 for an attempt to commit a terrorist attack on the dam of the Irganai Hydropower Plant, where he worked, the source said.
It was reported earlier with reference to the Dagestan operational headquarters that a counterterrorist operation had been launched in Gimry at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday.
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