Rate of terrorist crimes goes down in Ingushetia, authorities say

The rate of terrorist crimes went down sharply in Ingushetia in the first half of 2012, Ingushetia head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov told Interfax.

"Strong cooperation between law enforcement services, the government and the public in Ingushetia has led to a sharp decline in terrorism. Whereas in 2010, 161 terrorist crimes were committed, in 2011 their number went down to 46 and in the first half of 2012 to six. I informed the National Anti-Terrorism Committee of that in Makhachkala on Tuesday," Yevkurov said.

The work to ward off terrorist threats and to urge those "who have not realized yet that staying in the forest and resisting the government is senseless, to turn themselves in to the authorities is continuing. But people who do not heed the voice of reason will be treated in accordance with federal laws and they will be destroyed if the threat emerges to public peace and regional stability," he said.

"The situation is quite and stable in the republic, although conditions for negative occurrences remain and criminal armed groups still have a potential," Yevkurov said.

"I think Dagestan head Magomedalam Magomedov's proposals to amnesty those who want to lay down arms should be supported. We must assist the regional commission in helping former militants, who have laid down arms, to return to a peaceful life," Yevkurov said.

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