Saturday, July 23, 2011

Caucasus jihad escalates, two dead in attack on anti-jihadist

We can drop the use of the word "restive" now, as this attack on the areas leading anti-jihadist clearly shows that Islam is in control, and the march towards a infidel-free Caucasus is proceeding apace.

From July 22

Attack on Caucasus anti-extremist official kills 2

MAKHACHKALA, Russia, July 22 (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on the convoy of Russia's top anti-extremism campaigner for the Dagestan region of the restive North Caucasus on Friday, killing two guards, local officials said.

A car posing as a local taxi in the regional capital of Makhachkala pulled up on the road alongside the convoy belonging to Akhmed Bataliyev, the chief of Dagestan's Centre for Anti-extremist Activities, and started shooting.

"Two people were killed," said a source at the local Investigative Committee, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Nestled between the Caspian Sea and the province of Chechnya, the site of two separatist wars since 1994, Dagestan has become the most violent region in Russia's North Caucasus, where an Islamist insurgency aims to carve out an Islamic state.

Militants in Dagestan regularly target security officials as well as local leaders, and recently killed a school headmaster who opposed female students wearing headscarves, as well as a moderate Islamic educator killed in June.

"Two non-believers were killed ... The top-level criminal survived," rebels wrote on, which represents the Dagestani section of the insurgency.

Bataliyev was not injured in the attack. Security forces launched an operation to find the gunmen who fled their car on foot after the shooting, the Committee source said.

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