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Top Ingush Rebel Leader Reportedly Captured


Ingush leader Yunus-bek Yevkurov survived an assassination attempt blamed on militant leader Taziyev.

Ingush leader Yunus-bek Yevkurov survived an assassination attempt blamed on militant leader Taziyev.

Russian forces have captured the alleged leader of a militant group in the Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, according to Aleksandr Bortnikov, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

Bortnikov said the man, named Taziyev but also known by the name Magas, is wanted for a string of attacks in the Caucasus, including an assassination attempt that wounded Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov in June 2009.

Russian news agencies quoted an FSB statement saying Taziyev is one of the leaders of a militant group called The Caucasus Emirate, which it said is accused of "organizing and participating in an armed rebellion with the goal of overthrowing the Russian regime."

compiled from agency reports
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