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    FEDERAL FORCES IN CHECHNYA DESTROY TWO MILITANTS AND DETAIN ONE

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    GROZNY, January 30, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Two militants were destroyed and one detained in the course of a special operation in the Vedeno district of Chechnya. RIA Novosti was told about it on Friday in the Regional Operational Headquarters for Controlling the Anti-Terrorist Operation in the North Caucasus.

    "Servicemen of the Federal Forces found a group of militants of some fifteen men near the village of Makhketa," said a spokesman for the headquarters. According to him, when the servicemen tried to block the bandit group a battle broke out.

    "During the skirmish, two members of the illegal armed group were killed and one detained. There are no victims among the servicemen," said the spokesman.

    Thanks to the information of the detained, he said, the servicemen found a base of the terrorists with caches not far from the place of the battle. They withdrew from it a machinegun, 14 sub-machineguns AK-74, five sporting guns and about 20,000 cartridges," said the spokesman for the headquarters.

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