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PYATIGORSK, November 28, 20:38 /ITAR-TASS/. More than 200 militants were destroyed and over 250 were detained in Russia’s North Caucasus in the first nine months of 2013, according to Andrei Medvedev, the acting deputy chief of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office in the North Caucasus Federal District.
Medvedev told journalists on Thursday that Dagestan remained the center of extremism with the highest rate of grave and particularly grave terror-related crimes.
“A terrorist threat remains high in Ingushetia, Chechnya and the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria,” Medvedev stressed.
He also said that 399 terror-related crimes had been committed in the North Caucasus Federal District, including 242 (a 7.6% increase) in Dagestan, this year compared to 443 crimes over the same period in 2012.
Also, 2,764 crimes linked to illegal trade in weapons and ammunition were exposed in the first nine months of 2013 compared to 2,979 in the 12 months of 2012. Most terror-related crimes, 1,049 cases, occurred in Dagestan, Medvedev said.
“More than 300 encroachments have been made on the lives of law enforcers. More than a 100 policemen, including 70 in Dagestan, were killed,” Medvedev added.