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Russia kills 49 Islamist militants

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Russian security forces have killed 49 Islamist militants and captured 30 others, according to the country’s top anti-terrorism agency.

The militants were killed on Sunday, October 21, in a series of coordinated raids in the North Caucasus region.

The security forces say at least nine leaders of the insurgency were killed and a bomb-making factory was discovered.

More than 90 insurgent camps or bases were destroyed and 26 arms caches were confiscated, reports The Guardian.

Thirty improvised explosive devices, 100kg of explosives, 109 weapons, 530 mines, shells and grenades and 19,000 units of ammunition were also seized.

“A series of coordinated measures allowed for the suppression of the activity of a number of odious leaders, members of bandit groups and accomplices and allowed for a significant disruption of the bandits’ supply system,” the National Anti-terrorism Committee says in a statement.

Insurgents’ activities on Russia’s southern perimeter grew out of separatists’ battles for the independence of Chechnya in the 1990s.

Although the insurgents are thought to number less than a 1 000, they have launched devastating terrorist attacks.

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