MAKHACHKALA, Dagestan — Security forces killed three suspected militants in a gunfight in Dagestan, authorities said Sunday. One of the victims was Mekhtibek Bashirov, leader of an insurgent group in the Caspian Sea city of Derbent, said the press service of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee.
Two women said to be trained as suicide bombers were in the alleged militant safe house seized by police and the Federal Security Service officers in the town of Dagestanskiye Ogni, south of the regional capital Makhachkala, the committee said.
One woman was killed in the operation, while the other is in the hospital with gunshot wounds after surrendering to police. The committee could not immediately be reached for comment, but a local FSB spokesman confirmed the report.
"We know for sure that these women were trained as suicide bombers," the FSB spokesman said.
"Today's operation foiled possible serious terrorist attacks. … Two female suicide bombers have been disarmed," Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev told Interfax.