Dagestan, Chechnya agree on joint antiterror operations

DAGESTAN, 26 April, Caucasus Times – The Chechen and Dagestani law-enforcement agencies will continue joint special operations in Dagestan, it was said at a meeting of the Dagestani and Chechen interior ministers, Adilgerey Magomedtagirov and Ruslan Alkhanov, in Khasavyurt on Monday [25 April], the press service of the Dagestani Interior Ministry has told the Caucasus Times.

Magomedtagirov and Alkhanov spoke about the two ministries’ further joint efforts in fighting terrorism in the North Caucasus.

“From now on, not a single operation in the neighbouring territory will be carried out without being agreed beforehand,” Magomedtagirov said.

Meanwhile, residents of the village of Toturbiy-Kala of Dagestan’s Khasavyurtovskiy District today continued a protest rally they started on Saturday [23 April] and blocked the Kavkaz federal road “to protest against the Chechen special services’ actions in the district on 20 April this year”, the press service said.

On that day, residents of the villages of Toturbiy-Kala and Solnechnoye in Dagestan’s Khasavyurtovskiy District were outraged by the actions of the Chechen special services and prevented the law-enforcement agencies from carrying out a planned special joint operation. As a result of this, gunmen managed to escape and two officers of the Chechen special services were
killed.

On the next day after the failed operation, the first deputy prime minister of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, made a statement accusing Dagestan’s law-enforcement bodies of pandering to militants.

The incident and the consequent protests were the main subject of discussion at the ministers’ meeting.

Rashid Kaplanov, Mahachkala, Caucasus Times

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