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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arms Stolen in Ingush Raids Found

DZHUBGA, Krasnodar Region -- Ordnance stolen in last week's militant raids in Ingushetia have been found, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

The ministry said a cache of weapons and ammunition stolen during the fighting was discovered, including pistols and grenade rounds, the Interfax-Military News Agency reported.

An ammunition depot in Ingushetia's main city, Nazran, was one of 15 Ingush sites raided by a group of some 200 fighters last week. The attacks killed about 90 people, mostly law enforcement officials.

The Ingushetia fighting underlined weaknesses in the country's security forces.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the State Duma's Security Committee said the fighters had crippled the Ingush Interior Ministry's communications system.

"For this reason, units of Ingushetia's law enforcement agencies ... could not get help for a long time," Vladimir Vasiliyev was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying.

The ministry had no backup communications system, he said.

Meanwhile in neighboring Chechnya, seven federal servicemen were killed over the past day, a Chechen official said Wednesday.

Five soldiers were killed in rebel firing on military positions, and two others died when an armored personnel carrier hit a land mine, said an official in the Kremlin-backed Chechen administration on condition of anonymity.

Three rebels were killed Tuesday in a clash near the southern town of Vedeno, Itar-Tass said, citing Russian officials.

Rebels kill and wound federal soldiers almost daily in hit-and-run attacks and with explosives. Federal artillery and warplanes in turn attack suspected rebel bases, but the attacks have been unable to uproot the insurgents from the rugged mountains in southern Chechnya.