TBILISI, Georgia — Under pressure from Moscow to halt rebel activity on its soil, Georgia said Saturday that it had detained scores of Chechens and killed at least five guerrillas linked to deadly blasts in Russia three years ago.
As part of what it calls a broad anti-terrorism operation, Georgia also extradited to Russia Yusuf Krymshamkhalov, who Moscow says belongs to a group of Chechens behind the 1999 explosions that killed more than 300 people, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency said.
Moscow has been trying to crush an insurgency in its southern republic of Chechnya since the early 1990s. Georgia is southwest of Chechnya.
On Saturday, Georgian authorities took in dozens of people, including Hizri Aldamov, the chief representative of the Chechen exile community in Georgia, to be fingerprinted. Also summoned were relatives of top Chechen rebel envoy Ahmed Zakayev, wanted by Moscow for alleged terror crimes.