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12 Chechnya Security Forces Said Seized

Rebels took 12 members of Chechnya’s presidential security service captive the same day an assassination attempt was made on the acting Chechen president, an official said Wednesday. Initial reports about Tuesday’s battle near the village of Avtury cited the head of the security service as saying 18 of its members were killed. But Chechnya’s chief prosecutor, Vladimir Kravchenko, said on Russian television Wednesday that 12 force members were taken captive and that eight Chechen policemen were killed. Five rebels were killed in the fighting, which started when scores of insurgents ambushed the forces, Kravchenko said, according to the Interfax news agency. Full Story

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