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    EIGHT MILITANTS KILLED IN CHECHNYA

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    GROZNY, FEBRUARY 3 (RIA NOVOSTI) - Eight militants were killed in Chechnya over the past 24 hours, the regional staff for commanding the counter terror operation in the North Caucasus told RIA Novosti.

    A staff representative said that two bandits were killed in the outskirts of the Shali regional center (the eastern part of the republic). They belonged to the group which was preparing to place a land mine and hit an ambush built by Russian servicemen. Parts of an explosive device with a rather strong power and two hand guns were found at the place of fighting.

    Three bandits were eliminated near the Khulkhulau river crossing in the Shali district. The federal forces' formation also built an ambush there. According to the staff's data, during the short fighting a powerful explosive device, which the bandits were going to place at the river crossing, detonated.

    Another three armed bandits were killed in the outskirts of the village of Tangi-Chu. The staff says they were choosing the place for shooting the Russian military column which was to pass here. The killed militants had three grenade launchers and two sub-machine guns.

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