MOSCOW, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- A militant leader and three of his accomplices were eliminated in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia in a special operation, reported the Interfax news agency on Tuesday, citing a source from local branch of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
"The FSB was tipped off that the aforementioned militant leader was plotting large-scale terror acts involving means of transport," the source said.
The criminals opened fire as law enforcement officers tried to detain their leader Ilez Gardanov.
The notorious militant was believed standing behind a number of serious crimes in the region.
Violence is common in Russia's North Caucasus republics, especially Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, with militants frequently targeting police and officials.
Recently, Moscow declared to crack down on the militant groups and bring stability to the region, tackle the problem of unemployment, clan rivalry and corruption that are blamed for the ongoing violence.