Russia has arrested a suspected militant leader, accused of staging terror attacks that have left hundreds dead in its troubled Muslim North Caucasus.
Ali Taziyev is said to be one of the key figures in an envisaged Caucasus Emirate, seeking to create a state under Sharia law, independent from Russia.
Capturing the man also known as ‘Magas’ is a big coup for the federal security services whose leader Alexander Bortnikov gave the Russian President details of the operation.
“I ask you to do whatever is necessary to compile the evidence needed against this bandit, so all the necessary procedures are completed,” Dmitri Medvedev instructed.
Russia believes Taziyev helped mastermind a series of deadly attacks in Nazran in his native Ingushetia and an assassination attempt last year that seriously injured the province’s president.