World Bulletin / News Desk
Russian security forces have killed 49 suspected insurgents in an operation across the North Caucasus region, where insurgents are fighting to liberate Muslim states, Russia's top anti-terrorism body said on Sunday.
The agency, which serves as a mouthpiece for law enforcement agencies operating in the region, gave no time period for the operation, which was launched days after President Vladimir Putin led a meeting of the country's Security Council.
Putin has told security forces to ensure that fighters do not launch attacks on the 2014 Winter Olympics and other high profile events planned in Russia.
Operations, which can often take place in residential areas in the patchwork of regions that make up the North Caucasus, can last between a few hours to a number of weeks with the involvement of local police and special forces.
The Caucasus Emirate which leads the insurgency has vowed to attack the Olympic games to be held in Sochi, west of the predominantly Muslim region where they wage nearly daily operations against local authorities and law enforcement officers.
The Russian agency said nine local leaders were among those killed and that 30 fighters were detained. It said 90 bases had been destroyed along with 26 weapons caches.
Al-Qaeda linked group fleeing intensified government military operations following sighting of elusive leader
Infrastructure of Haqqani network, which included improvised explosive device factories, a number of other capacities including communication, has been disrupted
Government denies the bill is aimed at Muslims, estimated to make up about 5 percent of the population
German foreign minister calls for Pakistan and Afghanistan to work together in battling militants
Police are hunting for a 26-year-old Thai woman and a foreign man in his 40s after a weekend search on a property in the Min Buri district
Two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the efforts of the international community in the fight against international terrorism
Former Taliban leader's death was kept limited to very few colleagues who were already informed
Pakistan official says Taliban unlikely to return to negotiations while leadership struggle continues
More than 200 fighters killed in battle to retake strategic southern town
Electoral reform group that organized weekend rally hopes Sunday attendance will match protest’s alleged peak of 200,000 people
Modi says he will amend the bill to favour farmers so that they do not face financial losses
Police believe detained suspect had several accomplices preparing the attack
The Pakistani defence minister has said that Pakistan will respond if India continues to target civilians. 13 people were killed on Friday after Indian forces opened gunfire across the border on Friday.
Protesters have blocked off the central square with estimates of up to 200,000 people gathering to protest against Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Police raided an apartment used by the man in northern Bangkok on Saturday and discovered possible bomb-making materials, according to a police spokesman
More than an estimated 40,000 gather in Kuala Lumpur for two-day rally to demand resignation of Najib Razak over corruption scandal.