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Militants use arms from military depots: Russian official

Last Updated: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 19:55

Moscow: A significant part of the arms which are used by North Caucasian militants to attack and kill security forces in Dagestan and Chechnya come from military
depots, a top Russian law enforcement official said on Monday.

In the period over January-September, 205 police officers were killed and 489 injured in the North Caucasus.

"The significant part of the arms used by the North Caucasus militants come from military depots," Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Sydoruk was quoted as saying by a TV channel.

He said all of the recent attempts to kill law enforcers were made using state-of-the-art arms and explosive devices blaming rampant corruption in the republics of North
Caucasus for this.

"Dagestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia are the most volatile regions in terms of militant attacks on police officers as well as Kabardino-Balkaria, where law enforcers are targeted in order to destabilise the situation and demonstrate the power of the militants," the Sydoruk said.

"The situation is worsening due to rampant corruption, where bribery is flourishing for decades," Sydoruk said.

According to him high unemployment rate and low living standards were the main cause of the problems in the volatile Caucasus region of Russia, where 40 percent population is
living below poverty line.


First Published: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 19:55

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