The Emir of the Dagestan-based branch of the Islamic State was killed by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in a police raid on Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan.
Rustan Magomedovich Aselderov was selected by Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after the terrorist group, based in Russia’s North Caucasus, swore allegiance to ISIS. The emir is linked to terrorist attacks in Russia and has been an active target of Russian security services going back at least a decade.
“Rustan Magomedovich Aselderov (Abu Muhammad), born in 1981, the leader of the Vilayat Kavkaz section of the Islamic State international terrorist group, was among the militants eliminated alongside four of his close associates,” the FSB said in a statement.
Aselderov and four other militants were found hiding out in a house in the village. After the hideout was surrounded, the police started negotiations and asked the militants to surrender. In response, the terrorists fired automatic weapons and were killed by return fire. None of the officers taking part in the operation were injured.
A large cache of weapons was then discovered in the hideout, including automatic rifles, munitions and explosives.
he FSB said Aselderov was one of the organizers of the terrorist attack on Volgograd’s train station on December 29, 2013, which killed 18 people and left dozens injured after a suicide bomber blew herself up at the station’s entrance. Another suicide bomber targeted civilians in a Volgograd trolleybus on December 30, killing 16 people and injuring 25 others.