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    MOSCOW, March 9 (RIA Novosti) - A group of militants was killed during a special operation in Chechnya. One of the killed militants had a British passport on him, RIA Novosti was told in the press group of the Regional Operative Staff for Controlling Anti-terrorist Operation in the North Caucasus.

    The special operation was carried out in the Kurchaloi district of Chechnya where the federal units uncovered the militants' base where ten people were hiding, the press group's officer said.

    According to him, three bandits were killed in the shootout and two were wounded. The rest of the bandit group was dispersed.

    On the site of the fighting the bodies of two foreign mercenaries were found. One of them, judging by the documents, is an Algerian native, Yassin Binatia who lived in Great Britain and penetrated into Chechnya through Azerbaijan and Georgia, the Staff's spokesman said.

    The second killed mercenary had no documents on him, however the video film captured by the federals featured the address of the militant to his relatives where he calls himself Osman Larouind and explains that he arrived in Chechnya with a French faked passport via the Transcaucasian republics, the Staff spokesman said.

    On the tape, the militant asks his sister living in Great Britain to find in the Finsbury Park mosque certain Imad and Abdul-Karim, allegedly militants' recruiters, and ask them to send legal documents to him through Azerbaijan or Georgia, said the press group's officer.

    Apart from that 50 kg of TNT, five kg of plastic explosives, 27 electric detonators, weapons and munitions and video cassettes were discovered on the site of the gang's camp.

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