World Bulletin / News Desk
Russia said Sunday it had killed 10 fighters linked to the extremist ISIL group in a special operation in its volatile North Caucasus region.
"According to preliminary information, 10 bandits have been neutralised," Russia's national anti-terrorism committee said in a statement quoted by TASS news agency.
"All of them were participants in an armed gang whose members swore loyalty to ISIL."
The fighters opened fire on law enforcement officers and threw grenades after they were cornered in a wooded area outside the city of Nalchik in the Kabardino-Balkaria region, the anti-terrorism committee said.
The security operation was still ongoing, the Russian authorities said.
Insurgents in the North Caucasus have previously been united under a local Caucasus Emirate organisation, but are now increasingly flocking to ISIL, which in June declared it had established a franchise there.
Moscow is conducting intensive air strikes targeting infrastructure of ISIL in Syria and has been pushing for the creation of a broad coalition against the armed group, which would include Russia, the West and some Middle Eastern states.
President Vladimir Putin has estimated that there are between 5,000 and 7,000 people from former Soviet countries fighting with ISIL.Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Kasım 2015, 11:57