Thursday, October 21, 2004

100 Chechens detained

More than 100 "militants" have been caught by local police in Chechnya:

More than 100 militants have been detained in special operations involving the local police in Chechnya in 2004, Chechen Interior Ministry press secretary Ruslan Atsayev told Interfax by phone on Thursday.

"More than 100 members of illegal armed units were detained in operations of the Chechen Interior Ministry, the Russian Interior Ministry's Department in the South Federal District, the Federal Security Service, the Defense Ministry and the Interior Ministry Troops between January-September 2004. Another 50 militants were killed in clashes," Atsayev said.

Ninety-eight militants have surrendered to the Chechen police in 2004

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