Sources of the Kavkaz Center reported details of the battle on the Georgian-Emirate's border.
It is to be recalled that according to the official Georgian version, an armed group consisting of 17 fighters entered Georgia from the territory of the Russian-occupied Caucasus Emirate's province of Dagestan. Georgian authorities claimed it was a sabotage unit.
Georgian special forces and combat helicopters were sent against the group.
During the battle, 11 fighters of the armed group were killed. The casualties of Georgian special forces were said to include 3 soldiers killed and 5 others wounded.
In turn, the KC sources reported the following information about the incident.
The Military Command of the CE Province of Dagestan concentrated, secretly both from Georgia and Russia, a group of volunteer recruits in one of mountain sections on the CE-Georgian border supported by an operative logistic group inside Dagestan.
The group of recruits advanced to an intended deployment site for further participation in the fighting against Russian occupation troops in the Province of Dagestan.
A leakage of information about the group's route occurred at the last stage of the operation. Georgian authorities immediately sent a large number of their special forces backed by helicopters against the unit of the recruits.
The Georgian command entered into negotiations with the Mujahideen and invited them to lay down arms. The Georgian authorities said that the appearance of an armed group on its territory is regarded as a provocation, which could be used by Russia as a pretext for a new military invasion of Georgia.
During the negotiations, the recruited Mujahideen refused to lay down arms and offered the Georgian authorities to unblock the route for further movement of the Mujahideen and to allow them to leave without hindrance the territory of Georgia which they had entered during their movement to destination site. After the negotiations stalled, a battle started.
The KC sources denied Georgian reports that the Mujahideen squad took hostages from among the civilian Georgian population. On the contrary, it is because the recruits released five Georgians, whom they incidentally met en route, the leakage occurred followed by subsequent tragic events.
The KC sources expressed deep concern about the events that led to the bloodshed which is not auspicious both for Georgia menaced by a new Russian aggression and the Caucasian Muslims fighting the Russian invaders.
Department of Monitoring