The president of the Russian North Caucasus volatile republic of Chechnya has demanded that law enforcement agencies count the number of militants hiding in mountains.
Sporadic terrorist attacks and militant clashes are common in Chechnya and around it, although the Kremlin has officially ended its military campaign against separatists and terrorists there.
"According to Federal Security Service data, we have some 400-500 militants. In line with other data, 198 people are ranked among militants... I would like to know — where are these data from?" Ramzan Kadyrov told law enforcers on Monday.
Kadyrov said a special commission should be established to deal with the matter.
"We should know exactly how many militants we have, who we believe to be militants and how we count them," he said.
GROZNY, May 25 (RIA Novosti)