ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Authorities in southern Russia say security forces have killed the man suspected of organizing the Moscow subway bombings in March that killed 40 people and wounded more than 100.
A police spokesman in the Dagestan province told The Associated Press that Madomedali Vagabov was killed along with four others on Saturday during an exchange of fire with special forces. Spokesman Vyacheslav Gadhzhiyev said the house the suspects were holed up in caught fire during the shootout.
The National Antiterrorism Committee said in a statement to Russian news agencies that Vagabov was effectively second in command in the separatist insurgency in Russia's North Caucasus region. The head, Doku Umarov, claimed responsibility for the subway attacks, carried out by two female suicide bombers.