Over 30 terrorist crimes prevented in North Caucasus since January - police

More than 1,600 security operations were carried out in the North Caucasus between January and August 2012, hundreds of gunmen were destroyed or detained, and a series of terror attacks were prevented.

"Two hundred and seventy-nine gunmen, including 37 gang leaders, were neutralized in 1,604 sting operations, and 317 militants were detained, among them four gang leaders. Thirteen members of criminal armed groups and their accessories were persuaded to lay down arms. Thirty-one terror attacks were prevented," the Russian Interior Ministry's North Caucasus department said in a press release on Wednesday.

Also, 61 militant bases and 233 weapons caches were eliminated.

Five flame-throwers, about 70 grenade launchers, more than a thousand pieces of fire arms and the same number of grenades for grenade-launchers, as well as 800 grenades, three anti-tank guided missiles, about a dozen aerial bombs, over 2,500 shells and mines, about 200 home-made bombs, around a tonne of explosives and over 149,200 cartridges were removed from illegal circulation.

Meanwhile, 275 terrorist crimes were committed in the North Caucasus federal district between January and August, including 174 armed attacks, 88 bombings and 62 armed clashes.

As a result, 57 people were killed and more than 160 wounded.

Law enforcement services and the military carried out 69 counter-terrorist operations, including 43 in Dagestan, seven in Chechnya, eight in Kabardino-Balkaria, six in Ingushetia, three in Karachayevo-Cherkessia, one in North Ossetia and one in Stavropol Territory.

Counter-terrorist operations are continuing in Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan, according to the press release.

Special prevention operations have been underway in Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria since May 19.

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