ST. PETERSBURG, September 6 (Itar-Tass) —— More than 1,000 servicemen of the Russian Interior Ministry Forces are taking part in an anti-terrorist tactical drill, which started in the Leningrad region on Tuesday.
The three-day exercises will focus on the security of state facilities and preparations for counter terrorism operations, including the search for and liquidation of a large armed gang, a source at the northwestern regional command of the Interior Ministry Forces told Itar-Tass.
The exercises are taking place at a training center of the Interior Ministry Forces near Peterhof and the vicinity of the Leningrad nuclear power plant in Sosnovy Bor. The latter is protected by the Interior Ministry Forces.
Spetsnaz, reconnaissance, motorized, naval, communication and engineering units are taking part in the exercises. They are using over 100 regular and armored vehicles, helicopters, cutters and artillery systems.
Spetsnaz and reconnaissance groups arrived in the area of the exercises from Arkhangelsk, Smolensk, Rostov-on-Don and the Vityaz center in the Moscow region.
Deputy Interior Minister, Interior Ministry Forces Commander Gen. Nikolai Rogozhkin is supervising the drill.