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Russia foils 10 terror attacks; detains 170 militants

Russia today said that it has arrested 170 insurgents so far this year after foiling 10 terror attacks, weeks after over 50 people were killed in back-to-back suicide bombings in the country.

world Updated: Apr 13, 2010 18:18 IST

Russia today said that it has arrested 170 insurgents so far this year after foiling 10 terror attacks, weeks after over 50 people were killed in back-to-back suicide bombings in the country.

Chairman of the National Anti-terrorism Committee and FSB security service Director Alexander Bortnikov also claimed that the perpetrators of the terror attacks on the Moscow metro and Dagestan's town of Kizlyar have been identified, without mentioning their details.

"The people behind the Moscow metro blasts and another attack in the Daghestani town of Kizlyar have been identified. The circle of accomplices has been established," he said.

Interfax quoted him as saying that "more than 170 militants and their accomplices have been detained since the start of the year, and ten terror attacks have been prevented. Over 150 kilograms of explosives and 100 improvised bombs have been seized from militants."

Bortnikov said recent terror attacks in Moscow and the North Caucasus demonstrated that the main goal of terrorists was to sow fear and destabilise the country.

"These attempts have no prospects as state security measures will be stepped up and the terrorist would have to face a tough response," the Russian security chief cautioned.

He said some arrests have been also made in connection with the twin Moscow blasts and a circle of accomplices has been exposed. Together with the Interior Ministry and the Investigations Committee under the Prosecutor General's Office, the necessary operations and search events and investigative actions are underway, he said.

On March 29, two female bombers blew themselves up on Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations during the morning rush-hours killing 40 people and wounding over 100.

Two days later, another suicide bomber killed 12 people including local police chief and other officials in the town of Kizlyar in Daghestan.

Bortnikov said that 26 members of terror groups involved in the attack last November on Nevsky Express train on way to St. Petersburg from Moscow and more than 50 other terror strikes have been 'eliminated' and another 14 arrested.

"Bandits should be aware that everyone involved in organising and executing terrorist acts, and the individuals who help them, will get the punishment they deserve," he said.

Twenty-seven people were killed and 92 injured when a bomb planted on the tracks derailed the high-speed Nevsky Express on November 27, 2009.

"Strong evidence testifying their involvement in the Nevsky Express derailment was gathered from the places of their residence," Bortnikov said without giving further details.