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    A total of 410 people died as a result of terrorist acts in Russia in 2010, deputy chief of staff of the National Anti-terrorist Committee (NAC) said.

    A total of 410 people died as a result of terrorist acts in Russia in 2010, deputy chief of staff of the National Anti-terrorist Committee (NAC) said.

    "I may say that the overall number of terrorism-related crimes is going down. While there were 1,030 of these crimes in 2009, we registered 779 last year," Maj. Gen. Yevgeni Potapov said in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta published on Thursday.

    "At the same time, 410 people died as result of 21 terrorist attacks and 14 bombings which were carried out by suicide bombers. The terrorists targeted children, elderly people, women, policemen, public figures, clerics, and businessmen," he said.

    There were 119 civilians, 268 military personnel and law enforcement officers, 13 government officials, 10 public figures and clerics among the victims.

    Potapov also said that as a result of preventive measures, 60 militants surrendered to police, and 93 terrorist acts were thwarted.

    Police and interior troops found and destroyed 433 militant bases and arms cashes, seized 454 homemade explosive devices, 1,263 firearms and more than 2.5 tons of explosives.

     

    MOSCOW, March 10 (RIA Novosti)

     

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