Seventy-one militants killed in Chechnya in 2005

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GROZNY, July 20 (RIA Novosti) - Chechen Interior Minister Ruslan Alkhanov said Wednesday that 71 militants, including 10 warlords, had been killed in Chechnya since the beginning of 2005.

He also said 104 militants, including six warlords, had been detained in the republic in the first half of 2005.

"The situation in Chechnya is still complicated as militant units have not ceased their criminal activities," the minister said before adding that the crime rate had fallen. The number of registered terrorist acts fell by 71% in 2005. Alkhanov said twice as many investigations of terrorist acts had been solved as compared to the first half of 2004.

The minister also said 43 successful investigations of terrorist acts perpetrated in Chechnya had been conducted this year.

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