The group at issue consisted of 36 terrorists. Five of them have been taken captive and the others killed.
Putin said that he had met Russian commandos who participated in the gang's elimination. They said they were impressed with the warm welcome of local residents. According to Putin, "they were treated as relatives." The president added that the militants were particularly brutal towards captured Daghestani border guards, though they are of the same fate.
The Daghestani leader told Putin that local residents had asked for arms to defend their settlements on their own. However, the republic has enough forces to refute any terrorist attempts to penetrate Daghestan or any other federation member, said Magomedov.