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“Large Terrorist Attack” Averted In Moscow Area

Posted by Info on 19/07/2011

“Literally several days ago … a large terrorist attack was averted at the preparation stage in the Moscow area,” Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov told President Dmitry Medvedev in televised comments.
Four suspects from the mainly Muslim North Caucasus had been detained and that accomplices had been identified.

Mr Bortnikov said the suspects had planned to target “crowded facilities and transport infrastructure” and that security officers had confiscated homemade bombs, other weapons and a map with an attack plan.
169 “terrorist” crimes had been recorded in Russia this year, 110 of them in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan.
95 law enforcement and security agents had been killed and more than 200 wounded fighting militants this year.

Mr Medvedev said the number showed that “the situation remains highly, highly tense” but praised security forces for preventing what Bortnikov said were 52 planned attacks in that period.

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