Alleged rabbi shooter killed in Russia

(JTA) — The terrorist believed to be responsible for a shooting attack on a rabbi in southern Russia was killed in a raid by Russian security forces.

Sherif Akhmedov was one of five suspected extremists killed last week in Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim Republic of Dagestan near Chechnya, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement issued Friday, according to international news agencies.

Akhmedov, wanted since 2011 for alleged involvement in bombings and attacks on police, is believed to be behind the attack in late July on Rabbi Artur Ovadia Isakov.

Isakov, 40, was airlifted to Israel after being shot July 24 as he exited his car and headed into his Derbent home. Authorities said then that the shooting was likely a terrorist attack by Muslim extremists.

Last October, unknown assailants detonated a bomb in the interior yard of Derbent’s main synagogue. Nobody was hurt in the explosion.

Some 2,000 Jews live among a predominantly Muslim population in Dagestan.