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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

FSB Kills Ex-Gitmo Prisoner

A man formerly held in the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was killed Wednesday in a shootout with security agents in Kabardino-Balkariya, the Federal Security Service said.

Ruslan Odizhev was killed amid gunfire that erupted when agents tried to arrest him and another man, the FSB said in a brief statement.

The statement said Odizhev was a suspect in the 1999 apartment bombings in Moscow and Volgodonsk and that he took part in a 2005 attack on police and government facilities in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkariya. That attack left 139 people dead, including 94 militants.

The FSB said Odizhev was the "spiritual leader" of Yarmuk, an Islamic extremist organization connected to an array of violence in the region.

The regional prosecutor's office said Odizhev was killed in Nalchik and that three homemade explosive devices were found on his body. It said he and a rebel named Anzor Tengizov were cornered by agents in the courtyard of an apartment building across the street from a mosque in the central part of the city.

Odizhev was one of seven Russians released from Guantanamo Bay in 2004; his whereabouts recently had been unknown.

In March, Human Rights Watch charged that the seven had been tortured or harassed and abused by law enforcement agents since their return.

One of them, Rasul Kudayev, is in custody in Nalchik on charges of participating in the 2005 attack.