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    ANOTHER MILITANTS' BASE DESTROYED IN CHECHNYA

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    GROZNY, February 2 /RIA Novosti/ - Another militants' base has been destroyed in Chechnya, says the Monday release of the regional operational headquarters for the anti-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus.

    According to the headquarters' data, the law-enforcement bodies found the militant's base during their operational and search activities in the village of Agishty in the Shali district. In the estimate of experts, the base was intended to accommodate and provide supplies to a group of militants numbering about 20 people.

    Apart from that, according to the headquarters' report, during their selective checks in the Gudermes district the other day, the law-enforcement bodies detained one of the so-called emirs, a certain Sultan Atayev, a member of a bandit formation. He pointed to a hideout with weapons belonging to the militants' group led by him. "The hideout, located in the mosque of the village of Oiskhara in the Gudermes district, contained a machine-gun, a sub-machine gun, grenade launchers and ammunition," the headquarters' release says.

    The law-enforcement bodies arrested two more militants in the Sunzha district. It was established that 22-year-old Bekkhan Sovkhalov and 23-year old Sultan Amagov were members of the bandit formation led by emir Burkayev. "The law-enforcement bodies have already proved the involvement of the detained persons in the illegal arms sale. Work is underway to check the involvement of Sovkhalov and Amagov in other earlier committed crimes," the report says.

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