A still image taken from video footage, released by Russia's Defence Ministry on Nov. 19, 2015, shows a Russian Tupolev TU-22 long-range strategic bomber conducting an airstrike at an unknown location in Syria. Reuters/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee said on Sunday that 10 militants who had sworn allegiance to Islamic State group had been killed in a special operation in a southern Russian republic, Russian news agencies reported.

"During the active phase of a special operation near Nalchik, according to preliminary information, 10 militants were neutralized," the committee said, Interfax reported.

"They were all members of armed groups that had sworn allegiance to the international terrorist organization ISIL."