Local prosecutor-general Oleg Zharikov said Ruslan Odizhev was shot dead during a police raid against rebels in Nalchik, the capital of the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, in Russia's Caucasus.
Russian authorities say Odizhev was wanted for his alleged involvement in multiple attacks on police, army, and FSB facilities in Nalchik in October, 2005.
(RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service, with agency reports)
SIMMERING TENSIONS: Fatima Tlisova, former North Caucasus editor for the Regnum news agency and a former North Caucasus-based freelancer for RFE/RL, AP, and others, told an RFE/RL briefing that the Russian government is cracking down hard on mosques and Islamic organizations throughout the region.
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