Russia kills head of regional ISIS branch

December 4, 2016 05:10

The head of a Russian Islamic State branch was reportedly killed early on Sunday as part of a raid in the country's Dagestan region, according to the Russian FSB security service.

In the report by news agency AFP, the FSB said that "among the neutralized bandits was the head of the Caucasus region's branch of the Islamic State, Rustam Aselderov, and four of his close associates." The 35-year-old Aselderov, who also went by the name Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Qadari, was reportedly involved in the Volgograd train station bombing in 2013, in which 34 were killed, as well as a 2012 car bombing that killed 14 and injured 120.

He reportedly "pledged allegiance" to Islamic State in 2014.

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