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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hostages Released

MOSCOW -- An Israeli teenager was freed by police in a special operation after five months in captivity in Chechnya, news reports said Sunday. A Russian man held in Chechnya since October was also released, Interfax reported Monday.

The Israeli, identified as Laura Lihtman, 17, was kidnapped July 11 while visiting her relatives in the Caucasus city of Nalchik, news agencies quoted police as saying.

The Russian, Yevgeny Stasenko, 32, is from Elista in the Kalmykia region, Interfax reported Monday. He was held in the Chechen town of Urus-Martan after being kidnapped.