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Chechens seize more hostages

Chechen rebels continued their foray into the neighbouring Russian republic of Dagestan yesterday, embarrassing Moscow by seizing more hostages and another village before releasing all their captives and disappearing into the hills. Up to 120 fighters have been in Dagestan since Monday, when they ambushed border guards, killing eight young conscripts and an officer. Local officials said an attack helicopter had tracked down the rebels and killed eight of them. Moscow claims that the situation in Chechnya is returning to normal, but the latest raid is reminiscent of rebel operations in 1999 which prompted Moscow to invade the republic to restore order. Full Story

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