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Moscow Says Top Islamist Militant Killed

Ingushetia Map new design 2012

Ingushetia Map new design 2012

Moscow has announced it has killed an alleged ally of one of Russia's most-wanted insurgents.

Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee says Dzhamaleil Mutaliyev was killed along with another militant in a gun battle with security forces May 21 in the town of Nazran in Ingushetia.

Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee said Mutaliyev was a close aide of Doku Umarov, leader of the banned Caucasus Emirate that is fighting for an Islamist state in Russia's Caucasus region.

The group claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on a Moscow airport in 2011 and the Russian capital's metro in 2010. Those attacks killed nearly 80 people.

Moscow also accuses Mutaliyev of organizing a bombing that killed 18 people at a market in the city of Vladikavkaz in 2010.

Russia had once before pronounced Mutaliyev dead in January 2012, but later said it had misidentified the body of a man killed in a shootout with security forces.

Based on Reuters and Interfax reporting