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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

14 Injured In Clash Between Cossacks and Chechens

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia - Cossacks and ethnic Chechens clashed with axes, swords and knives early Sunday in a southern Russian village, leaving 14 people injured, a police spokesman said.

The bloodshed took place in the village of Bogoroditskoye after local Cossacks held a meeting and decided to check on the activities of Chechen newcomers, said Major Andrei Polyansky, a spokesman for the interior ministry in the Rostov region.

The region is about 500 kilometers northwest of the tense North Caucasus region that includes war-shattered Chechnya.

Polyansky said that 10 Chechens sought hospital treatment, and that at least 10 others had been seriously wounded but were afraid to go to local hospitals. Four Cossacks were injured, including one with severe axe wounds to the head, Polyansky said.

The Rostov region is a center for Cossacks, the renowned and often feared horsemen who have roved the Russian and Ukrainian steppes for centuries and have enjoyed a revival since the 1991 Soviet collapse.