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Three Militants Killed In Special Operation In Kabardino-Balkaria

After staging a series of spectacular attacks over the past three months with minimal losses, the Kabardino-Balkaria-Karachai (KBK) wing of the North Caucasus insurgency lost three fighters in a special operation early on March 10 in Shalushka, on the northwestern outskirts of Nalchik. At 5:30 that morning, security personnel surrounded the house in which the three men had presumably spent the night and tried to apprehend them; the militants were reportedly killed in the ensuing exchange of fire.

The security forces' tactics raise the question whether they were tipped off to the fighters' whereabouts. Two senior insurgency commanders in Daghestan have recently been killed in analogous attacks on their homes, Akhmed Abdulkerimov (Amir Adam) in December and Adam Guseinov (Amir Khasan) in January.

The confirmation posted on the KBK jamaat website identified the three dead fighters but said nothing about the circumstances in which they died.

About This Blog

This blog presents analyst Liz Fuller's personal take on events in the region, following on from her work in the "RFE/RL Caucasus Report." It also aims, to borrow a metaphor from Tom de Waal, to act as a smoke detector, focusing attention on potential conflict situations and crises throughout the region. The views are the author's own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.