About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 11:27 - 18 Dec.'14
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Georgia Says 'Main Phase' of Operation Against Militants Over
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 30 Aug.'12 / 13:57

The Georgian Interior Ministry announced on August 30, that “main phase” of its “special operation” against armed group of about twenty militants in the Kakheti region close to the Russian border was completed, but search operation for several wounded members of this “squad of saboteurs” was still ongoing.

“Corpses of 11 members of the armed squad of saboteurs have been found. Part of them was Russian citizens from the North Caucasus,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement released on Thursday afternoon.

“The Interior Ministry has a well-grounded supposition that several wounded members of the armed group might be hiding in the gorge. The squad of saboteurs was presumably made up of twenty armed persons. Police continues search operation.”

It also said that 11 gunmen killed in the clash “will be buried in accordance to their religious beliefs”, which was not specified in the statement, but apparently reference is made that they were Muslims.

PM Vano Merabishvili, who led crisis management headquarters, said on August 20 that the operation “is mainly over.”

“We have managed to defend our borders and security of our citizens,” he said in a televised statement.

EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) said on August 30 that it “follows events at the Dagestan section of the Georgian border.”

“The EU Monitoring Mission has been informed by Georgian authorities about the special operation at the Dagestan section of the Russian-Georgian border. In close cooperation with other EU actors the Mission is following the events closely. The EU Monitoring Mission expresses its condolences over the deaths of the Georgian law enforcement personnel involved in the operation,” EUMM said in a statemen

A statement on vdagestan.info, website of the Islamist insurgency's Dagestan section, said that “the leadership of mujahideens of the Vilayat Dagestan confirms” that its militants were involved in armed clashes against the Georgian troops. It said that the militants were not intending to “carry out any operation on the Georgian territory”.

It also said that militants did not take anyone in hostage. “That is slander and a lie of the Georgian authorities,” reads the statement.

It also said that those 11 militants who have died in the clash were victims of the Georgian authorities’ “treacherous” plot and called “to immediately cease military actions against mojahedins”.

Latest News
18 Dec.'14 11:27
PM Says Govt to Consider Reforming Prosecutor’s Office
He said “independence” and “accountability” of prosecutor’s office should be increased.
18 Dec.'14 01:30
MEPs Debate on Georgia Ahead of Association Agreement Ratification
Most of the political groups in European Parliament voiced support for the ratification.
17 Dec.'14 20:50
Georgian C.Bank Keeps Key Rate at 4%
Central bank said worsening external factors affecting negatively on Georgia’s economy.
17 Dec.'14 17:16
Georgian President to Visit European Parliament as MEPs Set to Ratify Association Agreement
MEPs to debate on Georgia on Wednesday and will vote on ratifying AA on December 18.
16 Dec.'14 17:24
EUMM Mandate Extended for Two Years
“The EU continues to firmly support territorial integrity of Georgia,” EU foreign policy chief said.
16 Dec.'14 14:46
Georgian Troops Head to Mazar-i-Sharif
Unit will serve under the German command in northern Afghanistan and will have the task of rapid reaction force.
15 Dec.'14 23:09
Georgian National Museum ‘Extremely Concerned’ over Sakdrisi
Sakdrisi is “archeological site of international importance,” the museum said in a statement.
15 Dec.'14 16:54
Outcry as RMG Launches Gold Mining at Sakdrisi
Some archeologists believe Sakdrisi is one of the world’s oldest gold mines.
14 Dec.'14 17:25
Georgian President Visits Turkmenistan
Margvelashvili will meet Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
13 Dec.'14 21:15
Georgia’s Ex-Deputy Interior Minister Set to Take Same Post in Ukraine
President Poroshenko granted Ukrainian citizenship to Eka Zguladze on December 13.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
53