Russian soldiers are continuing to hunt down remnants of a rebel force that attacked the southern town of Nalchik. More than 120 people, mostly Chechen backed militants, were reportedly killed when gunmen raided police stations and official buildings on Thursday. Nalchik itself was calm on Saturday as a day of mourning was observed as the clean-up operation began amid a heavy security presence.
Separatists from nearby Chechnya say they carried out the attack in Russia’s Kabardino-Balkaria region with support from local anti-government insurgents. Scenes from the audacious daylight raid were captured by Tamerlan Kazikhanov, the press service chief of Russia’s anti-terrorist centre.
The film clearly shows the intensity of the fire fight from which he was unable to escape to safety. He was killed in the gun battle. In total, Russia says 72 militants were killed and 31 detained, but the rebels themselves put their dead at 11 with four fighters missing.