MOSCOW: Russian security forces on Saturday claimed a major success in their anti-terror drive as they gunned down a top Islamist militant said to be the mastermind of the March suicide bombings on Moscow metro.
In a successful operation, the Russian security forces killed the notorious warlord Magomedali Wagabov (Wahabov), in a raid in the Daghestani village of Gunib.
He was killed along with four other militants in a joint operation by the police and Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), National Anti-terror Centre (NAC) announced.
Wagabov, according to Russian security forces, was trained in Pakistan, and was the Emir of Daghestani Jamaat since 2005.
Russia security forces had been in the hunt for Wagabov for the past several months.
According to some reports, Wagabov was the husband of Mariyam Sharipova, who was one of the two suicide attackers of the busy Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations of the Moscow metro on March 29.
The blasts had killed 40 people and over 100 were injured.
Immediately after the blasts, the President, Mr Dmitry Medvedev had ordered the security services to trace all the perpetrators and organisers of the Moscow metro blasts right up to the top and eliminate them.