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Major terrorist attack prevented in Russian North Caucasus

RIA Novosti

20:48 10/06/2011 MOSCOW, June 10 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Anti Terrorism Committee said on Friday it prevented a major terrorist attack in the volatile southern republic of Kabardino-Balkaria by killing six militants.

The militants were in possession of a hand-made explosive device equal to 10 kg of TNT and were planning a terrorist attack on security forces in the region, the committee said.

Five security forces officers were wounded in a shootout with the militants in a forest.

"The eliminated members of the militant group took part in numerous terrorist attacks, including blowing up a chairlift in February, killings and attempted killings of tourists, social activists and law enforcers," the committe said.

Insurgents attacked a cable car at a popular ski resort in Kabardino-Balkaria in February, bringing 40 gondolas crashing to the ground but injuring no one. Three tourists from Moscow were killed at the resort on the same day when assailants shot at a van taking them to the slopes.

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