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Russia kills Moscow metro attacks mastermind
DAWN ^ | 21 August 2010 | AFP

Posted on 08/21/2010 7:43:48 PM PDT by csvset

MOSCOW: Russian security forces Saturday killed a top militant suspected of organising the deadly attacks on the Moscow metro and who was reportedly married to one of the female suicide bombers.

Magomedali Vagabov was killed in a clash with security forces in the Caucasus region of Dagestan that left four other militants dead, the national anti-terror committee said in a statement published by Russian news agencies.

The double bombings carried out by two female suicide bombers on the Moscow metro on March 29 killed 40 and wounded more than 100.

“Vagabov was the organiser of the suicide bombings on the Moscow metro, was actively involved in recruiting youth for the underground and organised the training for the suicide bombers,” the committee said.

He was described in the official statement as the number two figure in the Islamist-inspired insurgency that has plagued the Russian Northern Caucasus over the last years, after its overall leader Doku Umarov.

The clash, described as being brief, took place in the village of Gunib – in the mountains of Dagestan southwest of the local capital Makhachkala – where the militants were holed up in a house.

“Once the fire from the building was put out, one of the corpses was identified as Magomedali Vagabov,” the statement said.

According to some reports, Vagabov was the husband of Mariam Sharipova, one of the metro suicide bombers.

This has been strongly denied by her father in media interviews but the Russian news agency reports described her as Vagabov’s “sharia wife”, implying he had made her one of a number of spouses.

Sharipova blew herself up at Moscow’s Lubyanka metro station in the early morning rush hour followed by her accomplice Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova who detonated her charge shortly afterwards at the Park Kulturi station.

As well as the Moscow metro attacks, Vagabov had also planned a string of attacks against security forces and on railway infrastructure, the statement said.

It said he had received training at a militant camp in Pakistan and had contacts with a number of international terror groups who had also passed on financing.

“The annihilation of the well-known bandit Vagabov and his henchmen is a success for the security forces and shows even the most sophisticated means will not allow bandits to escape responsibility for their deeds,” it said.

There were no casualties among the security forces or the civilian population in the village.

The Russian security forces had targeted Vagabov in previous special operations but had until now failed to track him down. Russian media reported at the time of the attacks he lead a 40-strong group in the forested mountains.

Not all however were convinced by the proud statements by the authorities over the killing.

“It’s not like we’ve captured Osama bin Laden, we’ve liquidated some bandit who was not only unknown to the man in the street but also to MPs who do not specialise in the underground,” said Gennady Gudkov, deputy head of the lower house of parliament's security committee.

“Despite the successes of the special services, the sources who form the underground have not been exhausted,” he told the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Kremlin fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya in the 1990s but the insurgency has now become more Islamist in tone and has spread to neighbouring Ingushetia and Dagestan.

Umarov, who heads the Caucasus Emirate group seeking to establish Islamic rule across the Caucasus mountains, has for years evaded capture or killing by the Russian security forces.

This month he unexpectedly announced he was stepping down in favour of a younger successor but then days later withdrew the announcement and vowed to carry on killing “enemies of Allah”. - AFP


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: metro; moscow; russia; vagabov
The Russians take out a jihadist scumbag.
1 posted on 08/21/2010 7:43:53 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Obama would have taken him alive... And then deported him.


2 posted on 08/21/2010 7:47:27 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: csvset

May God bless the Russians as they take out the trash.


3 posted on 08/21/2010 7:53:39 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Brilliant

Or invited him to the White House for a beer.


4 posted on 08/21/2010 7:57:15 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: csvset

Russia seems more and more like America was.


5 posted on 08/21/2010 8:22:29 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them." Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: csvset

Well done, Ivan!


6 posted on 08/21/2010 8:24:14 PM PDT by stboz
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To: csvset

The Russians under Putin have a reputation for delivering ultimate justice to the terrorists who attack them.


7 posted on 08/21/2010 8:25:06 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: csvset

Good on you Russia (assuming you actually did manage to get the right guy).


8 posted on 08/21/2010 8:37:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Brilliant

More likely MARRIED HIM...


9 posted on 08/21/2010 8:43:42 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: csvset
Russkies don't mess around - I like it alot.
10 posted on 08/21/2010 8:45:06 PM PDT by Apercu ("A man's character is hs fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: Lazamataz

You mean possessed of a national identity and the will to preserve it? USSR: Killed by socialism. USA: Killed by “tolerance and diversity.”


11 posted on 08/21/2010 8:49:44 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: Lazamataz
Russia seems more and more like America was.

And vice-versa.

12 posted on 08/21/2010 8:52:00 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Russia gets 2 points for killing the guy.

Russia loses ONE MILLION POINTS FOR LOADING THE IRANIAN NUKE FACTORY.

If there is any justice in this world the iranians will send some nukes to the Chechens (before Israel takes them out) and the whole world will get to see that fish-kissing Putinesca glowing in the dark as he dies slowly and painfully.


13 posted on 08/21/2010 9:05:44 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Yehuda

As long as they’re a manipulable pawn, Russia has no reason to squelch the Iran nuclear situation.

But Mooses are infamous for having no fixed loyalties with the infidel. Sooner or later some nuclear tipped imam is going to get such a swelled head that he thinks it’s time to jihad Russia. Then Iran will be promptly glassed over with the finest Russian nukes that rubles can buy.


14 posted on 08/21/2010 9:12:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: csvset

save


15 posted on 08/21/2010 9:54:05 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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