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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Federal Forces Say No. 2 Rebel Killed

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Security services on Tuesday killed Alash Daudov, the second-ranking rebel leader, after warlord Shamil Basayev, said Major General Ilya Shabalkin, spokesman for federal forces in Chechnya.

Daudov and a Jordanian militant, Abu Mudjaid, were planning "a series of terrorist acts using strong poisons," Shabalkin said in televised remarks. In a statement, he said Daudov was supposed to carry out the attacks under orders from Abu Mudjaid, who allegedly organized a shipment of toxic substances to Chechnya from outside Russia.

Daudov was among three suspected militants killed in an abandoned house on the southern outskirts of Grozny after they tried to flee and opened fire on security services raiding the building.

Shabalkin said investigators earlier found an unspecified amount of toxic substances, including cyanide. He appeared to be referring to a cache containing a cyanide-based substance which the Federal Security Service said earlier this month had been discovered in a settlement on the Chechen-Ingush border.

An electronic device for uncovering listening devices was found among Daudov's things. Technical experts have concluded that the device was produced in an Arab country, Shabalkin said, without naming it. That find, Shabalkin said, was "the latest evidence of involvement by the intelligence services of certain states" that are acting against Russia.

President Vladimir Putin has said terrorists seeking to break Russia apart have support from abroad.