TURKMEN ARMY HOLDS ANTI-TERROR EXERCISES

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ASHGABAT, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - A consolidated battalion formed on the basis of the 28th motor/rifle regiment of the armed forces of Turkmenistan participated in a tactical counter-terrorism exercise, with field firing, at Kelyata, 70 kilometers away from the capital of Ashgabat.

Senior government officials, including President and Commander-in-Chief Saparmurat Niyazov, observed this military exercise alongside foreign diplomats, military attaches, and reporters.

The scenario assumes that 3,500 terrorists, whose arsenal includes helicopters, several dozen armored vehicles, and military hardware, will try to flee abroad after an unsuccessful attempt to topple the republic's government and constitution.

The army battalion that took part in the exercise managed to prevent the assumed terrorists from crossing out of the country. They were liquidated. It used combat planes, helicopters, tanks, armored personnel vehicles, anti-aircraft guns, and other types of weaponry and hardware.

President Niyazov praised the participants' combat skills and promised to award those who had performed best.

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