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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Troops Freed

MOSCOW -- Nine Interior Ministry troops abducted from the Russian republic of Ingushetia were released Thursday a day after Chechen gunmen abducted them, Itar-Tass reported.

The nine were due to return to Ingushetia from Chechnya within hours, aides to Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov told Itar-Tass.

The kidnapping followed a raid on an Ingush Interior Ministry post in the Sunzha district by the Chechen gunmen early Wednesday.