Russian Federal Forces officers have destroyed an Arab mercenary, Khattab's close accomplice. Among the bandits killed in the special operation was an Arab mercenary nicknamed Akhmad. According to the special forces, he was Khattab's private cameraman and was directly involved in a number of terrorist acts. In all, 20 bandits were killed in a special operation in Chechnya's Kurchaloi district. The operation lasted a few days. In addition to that, a few militants who had been on a federal wanted list for committing a number of grave crimes were arrested. Chechen law enforcers have opened a criminal case against the arrestees.