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    THREE MILITANTS FROM BASAYEV'S GANG KILLED IN NOZHAI-YURT DISTRICT OF CHECHNYA

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    GROZNY, February 4, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- The regional operational staff for controlling the antiterrorist operation in the North Caucasus reported that the Defence Ministry commandoes killed three militants from the Shamil Basayev armed formation in the Nozhai-Yurt district of Chechnya.

    "A group of militants got into an ambush of commandoes near Akhkinchu-Borzoi settlement of the Nozhai-Yurt district. According to the military's data, the killed militants were members of the illegal armed formations which are subordinate to Basayev," the staff's representative said.

    Along with weapons, parts of an explosive device of sizeable yield and Wahhabit writings were found on the killed bandits. The bandits are being identified.

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