Russia home to 407 terrorist acts in 2002

There were 407 terrorist acts in Russia in 2002, which is 68 more than in 2001, said Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov at a State Duma round table on the problem of legislation in the struggle with terrorism. Kolesnikov said of those, 360 terrorist acts were located in Chechnya. As a result of those terrorist acts, 780 servicemen died and 1525 people were injured. In 2001, as a result of terrorist acts in Chechnya 821 servicemen died and 2537 people were injured. 25 different criminal proceedings were instituted as a result of terrorist acts, said Kolesnikov.

He also said that in 2002 there were 1997 special forces operations instigated in Chechnya by police forces and armed forces. As a result of these operations, approximately 2300 bases, warehouses and hiding places with weapons were liquidated.

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