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21 Feb, 2008 05:06

Militant leader captured in Dagestan after two-month operation

Police in Russia's southern republic of Dagestan say they have arrested a gang leader who was trying to unite militant groups throughout the region.

Banmatkhan Sheikhov has been on a wanted list for several years on charges of terrorism and assassination attempts.

The arrest was the result of a two-month-long police operation.

Sheikhov and a suspected accomplice were cornered in a house in a village on Wednesday. After hours of negotiations they surrendered.

Both are now being questioned.