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600 militants are acting in the North Caucasus2013-01-25 13:00
According to head of the Main Department of Internal Affairs of the North Caucasus Federal District Sergei Chenchik, the total number of the militants in the North Caucasus now stands at about 600 active members, the Interfax reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"According to our data, the total number of thugs is about 600 active members - up to 40 bandit groups. About 10 bandit groups in the Chechen Republic, 16 in Dagestan, up to 3 in Ingushetia, up to five in Kabardino-Balkaria and one in the Karachayevo-Circassia", Chenchik said at the board meeting on the North Caucasus Federal District Interior Ministry, which on Friday was held in Pyatigorsk.
According to him, the main source of threat is religious extremism, which is most prevalent in Dagestan.
He added that the thugs were using extortion of money from the businessmen and number of corrupt officials in order to ensure sustainable channels of funding terrorist activities.
According to the newspaper VZGLYAD, on Thursday the president of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov stated on elimination of about 12 militants in Vvedensky area; among them there were leaders of gangs Hussein and Muslim Gakayevs. Gakayevs were declared wanted for assaulting a native village of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov Tsentoroi in 2010 and the bombings in Grozny in 2012. According to Kadyrov, Gakayevs were even more dangerous than Doku Umarov.