Russian forces kill 14 'militants' in North Caucasus

Russia’s Counter-Terrorism Committee says suspected militants killed in separate clashes in Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Russian authorities have said that security forces killed 14 suspected militants in the North Caucasus region in the last two days.

The country's Counter-Terrorism Committee stated that six suspected militants who were confronted in an apartment in Kabardino-Balkaria’s regional capital of Nalchik clashed with Russian forces and were killed on Monday.

The authorities claim the suspects were accused of killing a senior police officer last week, among others. They have not provided any details regarding the identities of the militants.

The committee also announced another clash with suspected militants in Ingushetia on Sunday, west of Chechnya where pro-independence militants fought two separate wars with Russian forces.

Russian officials said eight suspected militants  killed in the clash, including the group's leader Adam Tagilov, AP reported. The officials claim the militants recently joined ISIS. Russia says more than 1,000 of its citizens have joined the militant group so far.

Tagilov was accused of being involved in an attack in Grozny, the capital city of the autonomous Republic of Chechnya, that killed at least 25 people last December. 

Moscow has been accused of heavy-handed tactics and human-rights abuses in the North Caucasus which have fuelled resentment among locals.

TRTWorld and agencies