Suspect in murder of Russian police officers detained in Chechnya

CHECHNYA, 16 October, Caucasus Times: A member of illegal armed formations suspected of killing five members of special purpose police detachment and an officer of the security service of the Chechen president [Alu Alkhanov], was detained in a special operation in Groznyy over the last 24 hours, the law-enforcement agencies of the republic have said.

Detained Rustam Toypov [in other sources given as Taipov] participated in an attack on a police UAZ jeep on 21 September, as a result of which five members of the Sverdlovsk OMON [special purpose police detachment] were killed, and also in the killing of an officer of a special purpose unit of the Russian Interior Ministry’s main department for the Federal Southern District, who was a member of the Chechen presidential guard.

The detainee showed a cache from which two Kalashnikov assault rifles, grenades and number plates were seized.

The president of Chechnya, Alu Alkhanov, personally oversaw the investigation into the killing of the military.

Bulat Tamaev, Grozny, Caucasus Times

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