Two bombs defused, five militants detained in Russia’s Ingushetia

Police detained five militants and defused two bombs on Thursday in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, the National Anti-terrorism Committee said.

The detained militants are reportedly linked to terrorism organizations. One of those detained is accused of being involved into the 2010 suicide bombing in Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, when 17 people were killed and over 190 were injured, the committee said.

The explosive devices were equal to 5 and 20 kilograms of TNT.

Russia has been struggling to combat an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus. Ingushetia, along with Dagestan, has seen the brunt of the fighting in recent years.

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