Police hunt Moscow Metro bomber's husband in southern Russia

Three soldiers have been killed, seven injured in a raid isolating militants in a forest in the republic of Dagestan. The gang is allegedly led by Magomedali Vagabov, husband of one of the Moscow Metro suicide bombers.

One militant was found dead Monday after law enforcement officers searched the area where a day earlier a group of militants was discovered. The identity of the dead militant has not been revealed. Law enforcement officers are searching for other militant group members.

The militants are thought to have links to Al Qaeda and are suspected of masterminding several terrorist attacks.

Magomedali Vagabov is on the international wanted list for terrorism offences. His wife, Maryam Sharipova, was one of two women who blew themselves up in the Moscow Metro on the 29th of March, killing 40 people.

There have also been reports that the brother of Maryam Sharipova, who is wanted on suspicion of involvement in Moscow terrorist attacks, may be among the militants.

In an interview to Novaya Gazeta,  Anvar Sharipov claimed, however, that he has nothing to do with the bombings and can prove his innocence.

“I learned about the blasts in the Moscow Metro from the news. Then I had no idea that my younger sister could have been linked to it. I didn’t know she was going to Moscow and until now can’t believe she’s gone. What brother would wish death to his own sister?” Anvar Sharipov told the newspaper.

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