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Russian law enforcers kill 130 militants in 2014

June 10, 2014, 13:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Police have detected and destroyed more than 160 bases and weapons caches in 2014
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Alexander Bortnikov

Alexander Bortnikov

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MOSCOW, June 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian law enforcers have killed 130 militants this year, including 21 gang leaders, Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), chairman of the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) Alexander Bortnikov said.

Police have detected and destroyed more than 160 bases and weapons caches in 2014. "This provided for an almost two-fold decrease in the number of terrorist attacks," Bortnikov told a NAK session on Tuesday. "Thirty-eight terrorism-related crimes, including six terrorist attacks, have been prevented during the designated period."

Bortnikov added that the FSB had prevented large-scale terrorist attacks on Victory Day.

The most active anti-terrorist measures are currently employed in northern Dagestan and its district centers of Kizlyar, Khasavyurt, Kizilyurt, Makhchkala and Buinaksk.

This territory if the narrowest strip of land in Dagestan, sandwiched between Chechnya in the West and the Caspian Sea in the east. The authorities have launched 21 anti-terrorist operations in Dagestan since the beginning of 2014, in which 50 militants were killed and six were wounded.

January was the most restive month this year, with six anti-terrorist operations. February and March were the quietest, with just one anti-terrorist operation each month.

Aside from anti-terrorist operations, federal forces engage in search and reconnaissance operations. In 51 such operations in the period from March 15 to March 21, police found and destroyed five bases, dug-outs and weapons caches of militants.

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