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    Counterterror Regime Introduced in Part of Russia’s Dagestan

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    A counterterrorist operation began late on Sunday in the Suleyman-Stalsky District in the south of Russia’s Dagestan republic.

    A member of a Special Rapid Response Unit practices before going on a mission in Dagestan
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    MAKHACHKALA (Sputnik)  — A counterterrorist operation began late on Sunday in the Suleyman-Stalsky District in the south of Russia’s Dagestan republic, a spokesperson for the operational headquarters of the republic said.

    "At 9.45 p. m. Moscow time [18:45 GMT], the head of the operational staff decided to introduce a counterterrorist operation regime within the administrative borders of Suleyman-Stalsky District," the spokesperson told RIA Novosti.

    Searches for terror suspects are ongoing, the spokesperson added.

    Dagestan is a hotbed of Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus. Multiple violent attacks have plagued the region over the past decade.

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