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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

10 Held in Red Cross Kidnapping

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia -- Soldiers and security agents combed a village on the outskirts of Grozny on Monday, searching more than 100 homes and detaining at least 10 people on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping of two Red Cross drivers who were freed Sunday, Interfax reported.

The drivers, Alexander Panov and Musa Satushiyev, were abducted Wednesday by masked gunmen, who stopped their convoy as it was driving back to Ingushetia after delivering a humanitarian aid shipment to Grozny.

In televised comments Monday, the two men, looking tired and drawn, said they were moved several times during the five-day ordeal and were too scared to call out at first when troops burst into their room to rescue them.

"The guys who came in to free us asked, 'Who's there?" Satushiyev said. "We were too afraid to answer, [but then] said, 'We're here! We're hostages!"'

It was not clear whether any of the abductors had been detained or killed in the rescue operation or whether any troops had been killed or wounded.

On Monday, troops searched the village of Raduzhnoye, near Grozny, where the drivers were freed, detaining at least 10 people suspected of belonging to a gang authorities believe was responsible for the kidnapping, Interfax reported, citing a Federal Security Service spokesman.

In a statement Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said it was "extremely relieved" that the two drivers were now free, adding that they were in good health and would soon be reunited with their families.

The Red Cross said it remains fully committed to its activities in Chechnya, including bread and water distribution programs in Grozny, but announced it would restrict staff movement and review its security policies in light of the abductions. Like other international organizations operating in the volatile North Caucasus region, the Red Cross has required foreign staff -- but not Russian -- to be accompanied by armed security guards.

The Red Cross also expressed hope that the release of the two drivers would pave the way for the liberation of two other humanitarian aid workers, Nina Davidovich of the Russian group Druzhba and Arjan Erkel, a Dutch employee of Medecins Sans Frontieres, who were both kidnapped in the region.