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Medvedev says special operations in N Caucasus produce good results

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, shakes hands with federal security chief Alexander Bortnikov before a meeting of the national Security Council at the Gorki residence outside Moscow. Shown from left in the background are, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. (Getty Images)

GORKI, August 28 (KATAKAMI / Itar-Tass) — President Dmitry Medvedev said the special operations in the North Caucasus in August produced good results and caused heavy damage to criminal underworld.

“This is a good result. Rather heavy damage was caused to bandits,” Medvedev said at a meeting with Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov on Saturday, August 28.

“Naturally, this work should continue,” the president said.

As for the criminal groups destroyed during the special operations, this is a natural result of their criminal activities, he added.

“This is why when a terrorist act in the Moscow subway occurred, I sad that all of them should be punished and all of them should be destroyed. This is they way to act. No need to be ceremonious with them,” Medvedev said.

More than 30 militants were killed in special operation in the North Caucasus in August, Bortnikov said.

“A number of special operations and combat measures were carried out in August against militants operating in the North Caucasus. As a result of this work, more than 30 bandits and chieftains were killed, a large amount of arms and explosives was seized. In addition, several terrorist acts were prevented,” he said.

The FSB, acting together with other law enforcement agencies, “neutralised” Dagestani rebel leader Vagabov on August 21. He was involved in the terrorist acts in the Moscow subway system and in Kizlyar, Dagestan, that were carried out by female suicide-bombers.

As a result of the operation, four militants were killed, and one was detained and handed over to investigators, Bortnikov said.

Magomedali Vagabov had been on the federal and international wanted lists for many years. His ‘Shariat wife’, Maryam Sharipova, was one of the two female suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the Moscow metro on March 29. The two blasts occurred almost one after another at the Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations. As a result, 40 people died and more than 90 were injured.

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