According to Ilya Shabalkin, an official representative of the Joint Group of Forces (JGF) in the North Caucasus, 17 militants were killed in Chechnya during a special operation.
"A terrorist camp was found yesterday during a special operation near the village of Serzhen-Yurt," Shabalkin said. He added that, "in the course of the clash 17 militants were killed. Federal troops did not suffer any losses." JGF spokesman noted that several gangs under Shamil Basayev and Abu al-Walid's command are known to be in that region. A search for the terrorists is being conducted.