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MAKHACHKALA, March 11. /TASS/. The counter-terrorist operation regime has been declared in two regions of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, a representative of National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC) told TASS on Friday.
"The counter-terrorist operation regime has been declared in Dagestan’s Khunzakhsky and Botlikhsky districts at 4am. 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 in 2014, 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.