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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

6 Killed in Chechnya




MOSCOW -- Members of a radical Islamic religious sect clashed Wednesday in the breakaway province of Chechnya, leaving six people dead and 15 wounded, Interfax said.


The clashes broke out Tuesday night in the city of Gudermes among "so-called Wahhabites,'' former Prime Minister Shamil Basayev was quoted by Interfax as saying.


Basayev said security forces had taken control of the situation by Wednesday afternoon, and separated the clashing groups.


Hundreds of Wahhabite families settled in Chechnya after many of the Islamic fundamentalists living in the neighboring republics of Dagestan aided Chechen guerrillas during the 1994-96 war with Russia.


Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov for the first time Wednesday criticized the Wahhabites, and said he might have to expel them from Chechnya.