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Putin Vows to Destroy Chechen Rebels

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to root out Chechen separatists, following the suicide bombings at a Moscow rock festival on Saturday which killed 15 people. “They must be dug up out of their basements and caves, where they are still hiding, and destroyed,” Russian media quoted Mr Putin as saying. He added that the methods used indicated that rebel groups were an integral part of international terrorist groups. Mr Putin’s statement came amid reports that a helicopter which crashed in Chechnya on Sunday, killing five soldiers, had been shot down. Interfax news agency quoted sources close to the team investigating the crash as saying that bullet holes had been found in the wreckage. Earlier reports said the cause was technical failure. Full Story

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