Slain teacher said involved in rebel leader’s murder

Rebels in Russia’s North Caucasus region claimed that a school-teacher killed in Dagestan on the night of 2 June had been involved in an operation to kill a Chechen rebel leader in 2003.

"[Rebels in] Dagestan confirmed the earlier report about the elimination of a participant in the operation against Chechen amir Khamzat [Ruslan] Gelayev [in Dagestan in 2003]. It was found out that the apostate worked as a teacher in a village school," North Caucasus jihadist website Kavkaz-Tsentr reported on 6 June.

The website noted that Akhtubek Malayev, who was killed in the village of Komsomolskoye in Dagestan’s Kizilyurtovskiy District on the night of 2 June, was awarded the Order of Courage following the operation.

"’The murder was probably linked to those events’ – local puppets admitted in interviews with Russian mass media and disclosed that Malayev had been repeatedly threatened for assisting Russian infidels [security agents]," the report added.

On 2 June, the Dagestani state-run local news agency RIA Dagestan reported that masked persons had come to the house of the teacher and fired point-blank at him. He died of gunshot wounds on the way to a hospital, the report added.

Sources: Kavkaz-Tsentr news agency website in Russian 6 Jun 14; RIA Dagestan, Makhachkala, in Russian 0518 gmt 2 Jun 14



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