Russian security forces killed five suspected terrorists during a shoot-out on
Friday in the city of Derbent in the North Caucasus province of
One of those killed was tentatively identified as Sherif
Akhmedov, a suspected leader of an armed group in the Derbent area who has been
wanted since 2011 for involvement in bombings and attacks on law enforcement
RIA Novosti, the Russian News & Information Agency, quoted
security officials as saying that they believe Akhmedov to have been “directly
involved” in the July shooting of local Rabbi Ovadia Isakov.
was wounded in the lung, shot from behind by an unidentified assailant not far
from his home, and was subsequently airlifted to Israel for medical
The mostly Muslim Dagestan is plagued by bombings and shootings
that mainly target police, state officials and moderate clerics.