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MOSCOW, May 18 /ITAR-TASS/. A powerful explosive device was seized in a security operation in which three gunmen were killed in the village of Dygulybgei in the Russian North Caucasian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, a source from the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee told Tass on Sunday.
The explosive device equivalent to more than three kilograms of TNT was found when bomb experts examined the house where gunmen had been hiding. Two sub-machine guns, a pistol with the silencer, a grenade as well as lots of ammunition were also found in the house. The bomb was defused at the site, the source said.
Earlier on Sunday, a group of gunmen was blocked in a private house of Dygulybgei, Baksan district. Local residents were evacuated. When law enforcement officers tried to enter the building, the gunmen opened fire. “A woman with four small children was taken out of the blocked house as a result of negotiations,” the source said. Three gunmen were killed, including a gang leader on the federal wanted list.
“Gunmen were preparing a chain of attempts on the lives of representatives of public authorities and law enforcement agencies,” the National Anti-Terrorism Committee reported.
The killed gunmen were involved in last year’s murders of a Dyugulybgei resident and three police officers. No civilians or law enforcement officers were injured in the operation, the source added.