MOSCOW, October 19 (RIA Novosti) – A cache with arms and ammunition has been found in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said Saturday, describing the discovery as the “largest find” in recent years.
The cache containing six grenade launchers, 19 grenades, two guns, two rifles, a Kalashnikov gun, a tank machine-gun and ammunition, including 100 electric detonators and explosives, was found in the Nazran district of Ingushetia on Saturday, the committee said.
Military experts believe the weapons "would have enabled militants to provide resistance to law enforcement agencies for a long time," NAK said in a statement, adding that the disclosure of the arms cache was a significant blow to the militants in the North Caucasus.
The Islamist insurgency, once confined largely to the republic of Chechnya, has spread across the North Caucasus in recent years. Attacks on security forces, police and civilians are reported regularly in the neighboring republics of Dagestan, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria.