A suspected leader of the Islamic insurgency and three alleged associates have been killed in Russia's North Caucasus.
The Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria's Interior Ministry said on December 16 that Anzor Khamdokhov and three militants were killed during a counterterrorism operation in the village of Bylym in Kabardino-Balkaria's Elbrus district.
The operation started early on December 15 and lasted until early next day.
One security officer sustained minor injuries.
Officials say Khamdokhov, known as a leader of the local Islamic insurgency, had been on the wanted list for a long time for his alleged involvement in a series of attacks against police and local citizens.
Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS