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Russians Pursue Insurgents

Government forces swept through villages and forests in southern Russia on Wednesday, hunting elusive bands of guerrillas who staged coordinated attacks on government installations Monday and Tuesday. Officials said the death toll had risen to about 92. Soldiers and police conducted door-to-door searches in several areas of the Russian republic of Ingushetia, which borders the war-ravaged republic of Chechnya, demanding documents and taking away dozens of young men. Human rights groups accused authorities of rounding up people at random and beating some of them, allegations disputed by local officials who said they were simply detaining suspects. The government operations came a day after fighters in camouflage dress rampaged through streets in Ingushetia, firing rocket-propelled grenades at police stations, taking over checkpoints and setting fire to government buildings in the biggest outbreak of fighting in the region outside of Chechnya since 1999. Full Story

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