Russia: “Anti-terrorist operation” in Dagestan, three arrests

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia imposed a regime of “anti-terrorism operations” and arrested three people on Sunday morning in the southern city of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported, citing the National Anti-Terrorism Committee.

Russia has been on high alert since the shooting at a concert hall in Moscow on March 22, the deadliest attack in the country in 20 years, which left at least 144 dead.

“Security agencies arrested three bandits who were planning a number of terrorist offenses. During the inspection of the premises where the criminals were arrested, automatic weapons, ammunition and an improvised explosive device ready for use were found,” the commission said on Sunday.

Previously, she reported that suspected criminals were blocked by security services in several apartments located in residential areas of the regional capital Makhachkala and one of the largest cities of the republic – Kaspiysk.

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There were no civilian casualties or losses among law enforcement officers.

The operation continues, the commission said.

Predominantly Muslim, the republic of Dagestan is located in the Caucasus, near Chechnya.

(Written by Maxim Rodionov, French version Benjamin Mallet)


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