10
Jun
10

Russian army captured Emir Magas

Russia hit hard on Ingushetia insurgency this week after one of the head of the rebelion, Emir Magas, was captured. Does it mean Moscow has won the war? Wait and see… Funny though how the Russians took great care in sparing Magas’ life… in order to get sensitive intelligence from him!

The Russian authorities said Wednesday that they had captured Ali Taziyev, a militant leader known as Emir Magas, in Ingushetia. Mr. Taziyev, who was a police officer in the 1990s, became a central figure in the north Caucasus insurgency. Aleksandr Bortnikov, the director of the Federal Security Service, said Mr. Taziyev helped organize the suicide bombing of a Nazran police station that killed 24 people and an attempt on the life of Ingushetia’s president, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov.

An unidentified Security Service official told the Interfax news agency that his forces took pains to capture Mr. Taziyev alive in hopes of gathering information about other militants. He was taken to Moscow, where a local court approved his detention. Chechnya’s president, Ramzan A. Kadyrov, celebrated the arrest, saying Mr. Taziyev was “more brutal and posed a greater threat to civilians than the well-known terrorist ringleader Doku Umarov.”

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