A still image taken from an Islamic State (ISIS) video .
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The head of a Russian Islamic State branch was reportedly killed early on Sunday as part of a raid, according to the Russian FSB security service.
In the report by news agency AFP, the FSB stated 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. The terror group has also taken responsibility for a number of anti-police attacks in the region.
Aselderov reportedly 'pledged allegiance' to Islamic State in 2014. The US State Department has also listed him as a "foreign terrorist fighter" since 2015, when he became head of Islamic State's North Caucus branch.
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