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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Captured Leader Betrays Militants, Media Say

Ingush rebel leader Ali Taziyev appears to be cooperating with authorities after being seized by the Federal Secret Service this week, Kommersant reported Thursday.

As evidence of Taziyev's possible cooperation, the report pointed to an operation in Chechnya on Wednesday that killed six militants, including an Arab mercenary named Yasir. The operation used chemical-warfare gases, the report said.

Interfax said 10 insurgents were killed but did not confirm Yasir's death.

No officials commented on Taziyev's possible cooperation. The rebel leader, nicknamed "Magas," has been blamed for organizing hundreds of deaths and numerous bombings, including a 2009 attack that nearly killed Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, who later called Taziyev “a rabid dog.”

The FSB announced Taziyev's capture on Wednesday. Kommersant said he is being held in Moscow's Lefortovo jail.

Interfax reported Thursday that Taziyev was enticed into an ambush in the Ingush town of Malgobek and captured without a shot being fired.

Nikolai Rogozhkin, commander of the Interior Troops with the Interior Ministry, said Thursday that 2,984 of his troops have been killed since the start of the first conflict in Chechnya in 1994. He said nearly 9,000 others have been injured, Interfax reported. This is the first time that the Interior Troops has revealed the death toll.