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Russian Forces Hunt Rebel Group Near Chechnya

Hundreds of Russian troops hunted a small army of Chechen rebels on the run on Tuesday after releasing nearly a dozen hostages they had seized in mountainous southern Russia. The rebels killed at least nine border guards Monday when they surged into the villages of Shauri and Galatli — near where the borders of Chechnya, the Russian region of Dagestan and Georgia meet — and took 11 people hostage. “The hostages are now free… In the evening, the fighters left the village and at night headed off in an unknown direction,” said Basyr Magomedov, head of the region where the villages are located. “They are probably still in the region, but no one can say where they are going.” Russian news agencies said more than 700 interior ministry and special forces swept through the Dagestan mountains in pursuit of up to 100 rebels who had stormed into region on Monday. Full Story

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