7 Feb 2019 18:32

Almost 30 militants eliminated in Dagestan in 2018

MAKHACHKALA. Feb 7 (Interfax) - Law enforcement officers in Dagestan eliminated several dozen militants in 2018, the press service for the republic's head of administration and government told Interfax on Thursday citing data from the Russian Investigative Committee.

"On Thursday, an expanded meeting was held with the Investigative Committee's Dagestani branch, which was attended by the head of the republic, Vladimir Vasilyev. The head of the agency, Sergei Dubrovin, said in his report that 28 members of illegal armed groups, including three active leaders, were eliminated in 2018," the spokesperson said.

It was noted that attacks on law enforcement and military officers dropped by a third in 2018, he said.

"Dubrovin also said that in 2018 the branch opened over 900 criminal inquiries into terrorism and extremism and over 100 inquiries in this category were ongoing. As the result of investigations, criminal cases against 37 people were sent to a court," the spokesman said.