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Newsline: Russia Thwarted Attack near French Embassy

Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said there is a drop in terrorist activity in Russia. According to Igor Kulyagin, first deputy director for the NAC, terrorist attacks were thwarted in Moscow, particularly near the French embassy. NAC said that the country “liquidated” more than 140 alleged terrorists working in Russia in 2016. Kulyagin, said at a press briefing in Moscow that more than 140 militants, including 24 leaders, were killed, and more than 900 gunmen and their accomplices were detained last year. Regarding the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15 next year, Kulyagin said Russia will be able to secure the games, citing the country’s experience in organizing past international events and the government’s counter-terrorism measures.



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