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Four People Close to Basayev Arrested in Chechnya

Four active members of illegal armed groups who directly reported to Shamil Basayev were detained in a special operation in the village of Sary-Su in the Shelkovskoi region of Chechnya. Law enforcement officials for Chechnya, Dagestan and the Astrakhan region arrested Sary-Su residents Vakhid Khamzatkhanov, Muradkhan Yelmnbetov, Adilbai Akbulativ, and Esbolat Akbulatov, Colonel Ilya Shabalkin, a representative of the regional headquarters for the counter-terrorist operation in the Northern Caucasus told Interfax. Investigators believe these four men were involved in kidnappings, Shabalkin said. In particular, they are believed to have been involved in organizing the abduction of eight residents of Sary-Su in September 1999. Full Story

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