Russian Security Forces Kill 49 Militants

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
October 21, 2012 Updated: October 22, 2012

At least 49 militants were killed in the restive north Caucasus region in Russia by government security forces, it was reported.

Nine of those killed are said to be militant commanders who wanted to create an Islamic state in the region, state-run RT reported.

They were killed in September and October, Russia’s National Antiterrorism Committee said Sunday.

“The coordinated action helped terminate the activities of several odious gang leaders, gang members, and their associates, substantially damaging the system under which the bandits operate,” the agency said, according to RT, citing the Interfax news agency.

In the operation, some 30 homemade explosive devices, 250 pounds of explosives, 109 weapons, 530 landmines, shells and grenades, along with 19,000 rounds of ammunition were seized.

President Vladimir Putin called on Russian security forces to wipe out the rest of the militants in the region ahead of the World Cup in 2018 and the Winter Olympic Games in 2014.

“It is a matter of honor for all law enforcement officials to ensure that these events are staged in a normal, business-like, and festive manner, so that nothing can cast a pall over them,” he said, according to Radio Free Europe.

The self-proclaimed Caucasus Emirate, led by wanted terrorist Doku Umarov, has said it is planning attacks during the games, reported RT.

Putin announced Tuesday that 313 militants and 43 commanders were killed in the past three months.

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