Early this morning, Russian forces killed two suspected terrorists in the region of Dagestan, in what looks to be part of a post-Boston crackdown on their own homegrown militants. At least five other rebels have been killed in the last week and more than a hundred others rounded up around the country for having suspected ties to Islamic militant groups.
One of the two men killed this morning even had a "tangential" connection to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects in the Boston attack. Russian authorities raided the home of Shakhrudin Askhabov, killing him and one other person after they reportedly opened fire on the police. The Federal Security Service (FSB) even released video of the raid, including images of the dead bodies and some of their weapons.
According to CNN's Nick Paton Walsh, Askhabov was a member of the group led by a man named Abu Dujan, whose YouTube videos got links from Tsarnaev's account. Abu Dujan was killed by Russia's FSB back in December. It's still not known if Tsarnaev had any contact at all with Abu Dujan or Askhabov, or if he possibly made contact with their group when he was in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala last year. But even without the direct connection, Russia obviously sees the Tsarnaevs' attack and their Chechnyan roots as vindication for their tough tactics with militants and separatists groups in their southern provinces.