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MAKHACHKALA, December 27. /TASS/. A counter-terrorist operation regime has been imposed in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, a representative of National Anti-Terrorist Committee operational headquarters in Dagestan told TASS on Sunday.
"The regime has been imposed at 7:30am. Search for militants is underway," the representative 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.