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Stavropol police said 12 militants were destroyed in a special operation in the village of Tukui-Mekteb earlier on Friday
Stavropol police said 12 militants were destroyed in a special operation in the village of Tukui-Mekteb earlier on Friday. "Eleven gunmen were destroyed on the premises of a house where they had barricaded themselves. Another gangster was shot dead by search parties during escape attempt," regional police told Itar-Tass. Their identities are being established. Head of the Stavropol Territory's department for combating organized crime Viktor Barnash told Itar-Tass by telephone that the destroyed militants had planned to carry out a number of terrorist attacks and seize a school. "This group was well-armed; they had weapons and explosives which they planned to use in carrying out sabotage and acts of terror," Barnash said. Four police have been killed in shootouts, and another three officers were hospitalized with wounds of various gravity. "Police zeroed in on the group some time ago and has been monitoring its movement since. "A convenient moment was used for the special operation. As the circle around the gunmen was tightening, an evacuation of village residents was carried out inconspicuously, which helped avoid casualties," he noted. On Thursday, law-enforcement agents were checking a report on militants' staying in the village of Tukui-Mekteb when they came under automatic fire. Authorities evacuated the residents of the neighboring houses, blocked the militants and called reinforcements. After the operation, police launched a search for explosives, weapons and the gunmen who might be hiding in the area.
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