Counter-terrorism operation begins in Ingushetia

The town of Malgobek some 30 miles northwest of the republic’s capital Magas was declared a counter-terrorism operation zone on Wednesday.

The counterterrorism operation began 5:00 a.m. Moscow time on Wednesday [1:00 a.m. GMT] after police were informed that “armed militants, suspected of grave crimes in Ingushetia and North Caucasus, are hiding in the area,” the local Federal Security Service (FSB) department said in a statement.

The area is cordoned off by law enforcers, and vehicles and individuals are being searched.

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