04 August 2011, 17:00

Armed confrontation in Northern Caucasus: 653 victims for the period January to June, 2011

During the first six months of 2011 no less than 656 persons became victims of armed confrontation going on in Northern Caucasus. Among them there are 392 killed and 261 wounded. These are the totals of calculation by the “Caucasian Knot” based on its own materials and other open sources.

With account of the data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Dagestan, the "Caucasian Knot" is publishing the updated results of calculations.

The top ranking among the regions of Northern Caucasus by the number of victims from January to June, 2001, belongs to Dagestan where the total number of victims came to 353, among them 203 killed and 150 wounded persons.

The second place is taken by Kabardino-Balkaria with 105 victims including 77 killed and 28 wounded, the third one by Chechnya numbering 100 victims of armed confrontation between members of power ministries and the underground, among them 43 killed and 57 wounded.

Further go in descending order: Ingushetia (55 victims including 40 killed and 15 wounded), North Osetia (15 victims: 11 persons killed and 4 wounded), Stavropol region (five victims: two killed and three wounded).

Explosions and acts of terror

During the period from January to June, 2011, 93 explosions and acts of terror took place in North-Caucasian Federal Okrug in which 42 persons all in all, including six members of power ministries, 12 participants of armed underground and 24 peaceful residents were killed. 94 people were wounded, among them 63 members of power ministries, one supposed participant of armed underground and 30 peaceful residents.

Among the explosions there were seven cases of self-blasting as a result of which 13 people perished: 3 members of power ministries, 10 gunmen. 30 persons got wounded, including 28 members of power ministries and 2 peaceful residents. Four of the seven cases of self-blasting took place during attempts of detention.

The losses of power ministries and the underground

The number of armed confrontations between power ministries and members of the underground in Northern Caucasus came to 110 during the first six months of 2011. 61 out of them took place in Dagestan, 10 in Ingushetia, 23 in Chechnya, 11 in Kabardino-Balkaria, two in Karachay-Cherkessia, two in North Osetia and one in Stavropol region.

Local regime of counterterrorist operation (CTO) was enacted 24 times within the framework of struggle against paramilitary groups (PMG), among them 18 times in Dagestan, three times in Kabardino-Balkaria, twice in Ingushetia and once in Chechnya.

According to law enforcement bodies, the losses of armed underground in Northern Caucasus in 2011 made 227 people who died as a result of self-blasting and actions of power ministries aimed at struggle against the underground. 95 cases out of these fall on Dagestan, 53 on Kabardino-Balkaria, 31 on Ingushetia, 27 on Chechnya, 15 on North Osetia, five on Karachay-Cherkessia and one on Stavropol region.

Besides, according to the power ministries, 214 persons accused of participation or assistance to PMG were detained or came as self-reported criminals, 93 out of them in Chechnya, 60 in Kabardino-Balkaria, 49 in Dagestan, eight in Ingushetia and four in Karachay-Cherkessia.

89 members of law enforcement bodies, among them 56 in Dagestan, 15 in Kabardino-Balkaria, seven in Chechnya, six in Ingushetia, four in Karachay-Cherkessia and one in North Osetia were killed in Northern Caucasus from January to June, 2011, as a result of firing, explosions and armed confrontations.

194 more members of power ministries were wounded, 101 of them in Dagestan, 51 in Chechnya, 23 in Kabardino-Balkaria, eight in Ingushetia, four in North Osetia, four in Karachay-Cherkessia and three in Stavropol region.

Victims among peaceful residents

Opposition of members of power ministries and armed underground directly affects peaceful citizens of the regions of Northern Caucasus and the statistics of victims among civilians testifies to that.

No less than 75 peaceful residents were killed as a result of terror, explosions and firing during the first six months of 2011 in Northern Caucasus, among them 51 in Dagestan, nine in Kabardino-Balkaria, nine in Chechnya, three in Ingushetia, two in Karachay-Cherkessia and one in Stavropol region.

No less than 63 civilians got wounded: 49 in Dagestan, six in Chechnya, five in Kabardino-Balkaria and three in Ingushetia.

New cases of kidnapping, disappearance of people and illegal detentions were registered in the regions of Northern Caucasus during the period January to June, 2011. All in all no less than 28 cases of this kind were registered, 15 of them in Dagestan, 10 in Chechnya and three in Ingushetia.

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