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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Charred Bodies At Chechen Rally

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia -- Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday outside the Moscow-appointed Chechen government headquarters to protest military operations in their village, displaying the burnt remains of seven people they said were killed during the latest security sweep and demanding an investigation.

A spokesman for the Federal Security Service said the bodies were those of guerrillas killed in battle.

Approximately 300 protesters from Starye Atagi said the charred bodies were villagers killed during a four-day sweep that ended Monday.

Chechen Prime Minister Stanislav Ilyasov said the government would launch an investigation into the killings.

But Alexander Zdanovich, a security service spokesman, said prosecutors had already determined that Russian servicemen had acted legally.