“Novaya Gazeta” reported details of the operation to catch the militants, which took place in Chechnya from January 9 to 11.
According to the newspaper, it all started with the attempted arrest of a resident of the village of Kurchaloy Uzum-hazhdi Madaeva. In 2015, he was released after serving a 12.5 year sentence for participating in an illegal armed formation. However, during the surgery, he managed to escape from security personnel. After security services couldn’t catch Madaev, the Republic was followed by the arrest of his friends and those who were on the preventive account, Kurchaloy district Department of internal Affairs on suspicion in extremism, the newspaper said.
According to the publication, the number of detainees can reach several dozen people. “It is known about 22 residents of the villages Kurchaloy district Tsotsi-Yurt, Geldagan, Kurchaloy Mairtup and delivered to Grozny”, — writes “Novaya Gazeta”.
January 10, the security services blocked the village of Tsotsi-Yurt, Kurchaloy district, there was introduced a Special rapid response unit “Terek”. During the operation was arrested 11 villagers, they were searched.
In addition, the special operation was held in the village of Geldagan, where they were locked its Eastern edge. “Novaya Gazeta” writes that in the course of skirmish were killed three residents of Shali, whose identities have now been established and Uzum Haji madev. Another resident of the city managed to hold. According to the publication, the interview personally conducted by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. During interrogation, the detainee said that only six people tried to hide in Geldagan from the security forces.
On the evening of 11 January were blocked forest between the villages of Kurchaloy, Geldagan and Tsotsi-Yurt. There now looking for the sixth member of the group but details of his whereabouts not.
About the special operation to eliminate militants in the village of Tsotsi-Yurt on 11 January said Ramzan Kadyrov. According to him, was killed four members of the gang, who were close relatives of ISA Muskiev. The head of Chechnya also reported that the militants were closely associated with the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization).
He also said that in the ongoing within two days of the special operation were detained several dozen militants and their accomplices. He explained that security officers seized landmines, explosives, weapons and ammunition. During the operation killed two Russian military reported “RIA Novosti”, citing a source in law enforcement bodies of Chechnya.