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An armed extremist carrying a Kyrgyz passport was killed in the Russian autonomous republic of Dagestan on Dec. 1.
BISHKEK — An armed extremist carrying a Kyrgyz passport, who was killed in the Russian autonomous republic of Dagestan on Dec. 1, is not the first Central Asian citizen to fight in a terrorist war against Russian authorities on religious grounds. Militants from the Caucasus have also been involved in extremist attacks in Central Asian republics.
The Kyrgyz man first came to the attention of the police on Nov. 30, when he showed his documents at a checkpoint while leaving Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. “He had a Kyrgyz passport and his documents were in order, but the taxi driver said that his passenger was going outside the city, to the edge of a forest. This aroused suspicion,” said an internal affairs officer from Dagestan.
When he returned, police officers decided to carry out a more thorough check, but the man put up armed resistance. “When we brought him into the checkpoint building, he pulled out a grenade and threw it at police officers, shouting “Allah akbar!” He then grabbed hold of a pistol, but wasn’t able to use it as he was killed when we retaliated,” a source said. Three police officers were hurt in the ensuing explosion, one of them seriously.
The documents found on the dead man indicated that he was Beksultan Karibekov, a Kyrgyz national born in 1982. Kyrgyzstan’s ambassador to Russia, Raimkul Attokurov, said “we are trying to establish the nationality of the dead man and whether or not he was holding the Kyrgyz passport found on him legally.”
There have already been several instances of citizens of Central Asian republics found to have links with fundamentalists in the Caucasus, led by the “emir of the Caucasus” Doku Umarov.
An attack force led by Abdugapur Zakaryev, one of his henchmen, was neutralised in a battle in Dagestan last in March. An Uzbek national was one of those killed.
Five Kazakh nationals were killed in July in a shoot-out between a special Russian Federal Security Service task force and militants in a forest on the outskirts of Makhachkala. Three local extremists were also killed.
There is also evidence of international terrorist activity in Central Asia. A group led by Nemat Azizov, an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) warlord that included nine Russian nationals of Chechen origin, was defeated in Tajikistan in July.
[24.kg, KP.ru, Zakon.kz, Interfax.ru]