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    GROZNY, February 17. (RIA Novosti correspondent) - RIA Novosti was told on Tuesday in the regional operational staff for controlling the counterterrorist operation in the Northern Caucasus that a base of militants was found in Chechnya.

    "In the course of the reconnaissance-search activities in the environs of Staryi Achkhoi populated area of the Achkhoi-Martan district a subunit of the federal forces found a base of the participants in the bandit underground. The militants' base consisted of two dugouts with an accommodation capacity of up to 10 people each, places for cooking food and for meals, and four combat security trenches situated on the perimeter of the base," a staff official said.

    According to him, 800 cartridges of the 5,45-mm caliber, 140 rounds for the VOG-17 underbarrel grenade-launcher, four sleeping-bags of the military pattern, five sets of Russian summer camouflage uniform, medicines, and durable canned foodstuffs were found during the examination of the base.

    "The bandits' ammunition and property have been destroyed. A search for the individuals who hid at this base was organized," the source emphasized.

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