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Eighty-four militants killed in Chechnya in 2009 - minister

GROZNY, Russia. Sept 30 (Interfax) - Eighty-four militants,
including three group leaders, have been killed in Chechnya this year,
and 16 militants have died in security operations in Chechnya and the
neighboring Russian republic of Dagestan, the Chechen interior minister
said on Wednesday.

"According to our information, 43 people living in the Chechen
Republic have been recruited and joined bandit groups this year,
including 11 in September," the minister, Ruslan Alkhanov, said at
conference between Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and top Chechen
security officials.

Alkhanov added that police had identified four recruiters and
arrested one of them.

"Seventy-two caches of weapons and ammunition have been found on
the territory of the Chechen Republic since the start of 2009, and 11
groups of militants have been routed," he said.

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