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Dozens Of Alleged Militants Arrested In Daghestan

28 July 2005 -- Russian law-enforcement agencies say they have dismantled a large militant network in the northern Caucasus republic of Daghestan.

Addressing reporters in the Daghestani capital of Makhachkala today, Russia's Deputy Interior Minister Andrei Novikov said some 150 people had been arrested so far, including an unspecified number of security officers and Muslim clerics.

Novikov said the group was planning to carry out an attack in Moscow.

Earlier today, police stormed a suspected militant base in Makhachkala, killing three people. The operation also left one police officer dead.

Daghestan, which neighbors war-ravaged Chechnya, has been hit by increasing violence believed to be linked to insurgents and criminal gangs.

Earlier this week, Daghestani Interior Minister Adilgerei Magomedtagirov said attacks had left 32 policemen dead and another 50 wounded since the beginning of this year.