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    GROZNY, January 12, 2003. /RIA Novosti/. A terrorist act was prevented on a highway in Chechnya's Gudermes district, the regional operative staff for the control of the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus told RIA Novosti on Monday.

    A trap mine was discovered by the federal forces during the engineering reconnaissance on the roadside of the highway between the villages of Novogroznensky and Koshkeldy, said a spokesman for the staff.

    According to him, a handmade explosive device was made of three hand grenades and two rounds of a tubular grenade-launcher. The mine was destroyed on the spot.

    The search for organizers of this terrorist act is underway, the staff reported.

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