Russian officials say a top
regional al-Qaida figure was one of two gunmen killed by police in the
volatile Caucasus region of Dagestan.
The two men were killed Tuesday night after they opened fire on officers who had stopped their car, police said.
Wednesday, the regional office of the Federal Security Service
identified one of those killed Mokhmad Mokhamad Shakhban of Egypt and
said he was a founder of al-Qaida's local network, Russian news
The southern Russian region of Dagestan, as
well as neighboring Chechnya and Ingushetia, are plagued by violence
connected to Islamic separatist insurgents. Many are apparently loosely
grouped under the Caucasus Emirate movement, which Russian officials
say has al-Qaida connections.