Local police are praised and awarded, some posthumously

INGUSHETIA, November 11, Caucasus Times – On November 11, the republic’s law enforcement officers celebrate the traditional Day of Police as well as their colleagues do across the country.

The ceremony was held in the Interior Ministry office where senior police officers and rank-and-file personnel were awarded and given bonuses for their merits and service. Top officials conferred medals on fifty heroes, the police who had fought back during August raid of militants of Shamil Basayev in Ingushetia. Thirty officers were awarded posthumously and their orders were handed over to their relatives. At total over five hundred policemen received awards round the republic, Caucasus Times correspondent reported citing the Interior Ministry press service.

Speaking at the official ceremony acting head of the Interior Ministry Beslan Hamkhoyev said that Ingushi police had to fulfill their obligations fighting terrorism. “They crack down on crimes, very often risking their lives. Nevertheless, they enforce order and defend population and the country’s interests,” the minister was quoted as saying.

In ten months over, according to Mr. Hamkoyev, the law enforcement agencies of Ingushetia have prevented six terror acts, arrested seventy two militants, detected over a hundred cases of illegal arms possession, prevented eight bombings and found twenty seven weapon and ammunition cache.

Malika Bagayeva, Caucasus Times

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