18 October 2008, 22:25

Another counterterrorist operation underway in Ingushetia

The FSB Department for the Republic Ingushetia has announced that today the area of dwelling settlements Muzhichi and Galashki in the Sunzha District of Ingushetia has become a counterterrorist operation zone.

The FSB explains that such measures are caused by today's attack of a group of militants on the column of internal troops, which was committed at about 10 a.m. in the highway Alkhasty-Surkhakhi, where unidentified persons opened fire from grenade launchers at a column of militaries. As a result of the shelling, an armed collision burst out with casualties and victims.

Yuri Turygin, Public Prosecutor of the Republic, said that this attack "was organized and accomplished by members of illegal armed formations (IAFs), who hide in Ingushetia and adjacent territories, in particular, in the Chechen Republic." Special agencies have stated that about a dozen of militants-direct participants of shelling the column are still in this area, the RIA "Novosti" reports.

The "Interfax" reports that by the evening, however, the operation was over fruitlessly: none of the persons who had attacked the militaries was captured.

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