Kadyrov insists on joint anti-terrorist operations in North Caucasus
Law enforcement agencies of various districts of the North Caucasus should fight terrorism together, Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov told reporters in Sernovodsk on Tuesday.
"Any constituent on the territory of our country is a part of Russia. Therefore law enforcement bodies have the right to deploy for joint operations whether the head of a particular region wants that or not," the Chechen administration's website quoted him as saying.
"If we want to eradicate terrorism, North Caucasian regions must pool their efforts in the first turn," he said.
A terror attack was perpetrated near the Sunzha district police station in Sernovodsk the day before. A suicide bomber set off a car bomb when the police tried to prevent a suspicious vehicle from entering the station's premises. Three policemen died and four were injured in the explosion. Another car exploded near the town of Nesterovskaya in the Sunzha district of Ingushetia some time later. The car was carrying another terrorist. Two district police officers were injured, and one of them died at the hospital.
"We had information about preparations for a terror attack. We shared the information with Ingush colleagues but to our deep regret we failed to combine our efforts," Kadyrov said.
He insisted on "eliminating Doku Umarov and his supporters as the primary condition of the eradication of terrorism."
Kadyrov said also that the Chechen police had stepped up terrorism prevention measures.