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    Russian Security Forces Kill 8 Suspected ISIL Militants in North Caucasus

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    Eight militants who recently became part of Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist organization were killed by Russian security forces in Ingushetia.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s security forces killed eight suspected Islamic State (ISIL) militants in the north Caucasus region of Ingushetia, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee announced Sunday.

    "According to security forces information, the neutralized militants recently swore allegiance and became part of the Islamic State international terrorist organization," the committee said.

    A suspected mastermind of the December 2014 attacks on the Chechen capital city of Grozny, Adam Tagilov, was identified among those killed.

    The counter-terrorism agency said it found ready-to-use improvised explosive devices and over 2,000 rounds during the raid.

    The Federal Security Service (FSB) said in April the North Caucasus extremist group, dubbed "Imarat Kavkaz," had allied itself with the ISIL. Subsequent media reports and video footage appeared to corroborate the FSB.

    Imarat Kavkaz is a militant Islamist organization pursuing the creation of an independent caliphate in Russia's Muslim-dominated North Caucasus.

    The FSB estimates up to 1,700 militants from Russia may be fighting within ISIL ranks in Syria and Iraq, where the extremist group has captured vast territories in the past year.


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