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Counter-terrorist operation starts in Russia's south

October 13, 2015, 8:34 UTC+3 MAKHACHKALA

A search is underway for militants

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MAKHACHKALA, October 13. /TASS/. A counter-terrorist operation is being conducted in Dagestan’s Tsumadinsky district in south Russia, a spokesperson for operational headquarters of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee told TASS on Tuesday.

"At 6am, the counter-terrorist operation regime was imposed in the Tsumadinsky district. A search is underway for militants," the spokesperson said.

The Dagestan Republic is part of the North Caucasus Federal District. It also comprises Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Chechnya, North Ossetia and the Stavropol Territory.

According to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, 243 gunmen were neutralized in Russia last year, including 38 chieftains, 644 militants and their henchmen were detained. Security forces conducted 74 counter-terrorism operations in the North Caucasus , seizing 272 home-made explosives and a significant number of firearms, with 219 criminals becoming subject to criminal penalties.

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