DAGESTAN, November 10, Caucasus Times – Among the terrorists who escaped from the building surrounded by special forces police was Rasul Makarsharipov, nicknamed “Muslim”, the leader of subversive and terrorist group, which participated in the assault in Botlikh district of Dagestan in the summer of 1999, the Interior Ministry told Caucasus Times correspondent.
Police claimed the terrorist led the group that had perpetrated several grave crimes including scores of assassination attempts on lives of policemen and FSB agents. Mr. Makasharipov was one of the Basayev’s aid. He was seized in 2004 and sentenced to six-year term in prison but eventually was granted a pardon having spent over a year in prison. The terrorist leader eluded the police with two militants. Police detained two women who were in the apartment with the militants.
Earlier reports said, the regional counterterrorism forces had attempted to seize alleged criminals in a special operation conducted late night of November 9 in Makhachkala but failed and the criminals ran away. One police officer died, deputy Interior minister wounded in the firefight.