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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Violence Kills 6 in Caucasus, 30 Rebels Lay Down Arms

APChechen officials standing Saturday with a rebel, second left, in Gudermes.
GUDERMES, Chechnya -- Unknown assailants attacked two vehicles in the North Caucasus and blew up a third car, killing six people and injuring seven others, police said Saturday.

A car carrying a group of fishermen in Chechnya's northeastern Shelkovsky district came under automatic gunfire on Friday, leaving four people killed and two seriously wounded, a spokesman for Chechnya's Interior Ministry said. The two or three assailants escaped. Investigators believe they attacked the fishermen because they were wearing camouflage similar to that worn by law enforcement officers.

Also on Friday, a minivan carrying police in Chechnya's central Shalinsky district exploded when it hit a remote-controlled roadside bomb, injuring three security officers and a traffic policeman.

In Ingushetia, a car was riddled with gunfire by unknown assailants as it was driving in the central Sunzhensky district. The driver and a military serviceman were killed. The attackers escaped.

Investigators believe the assault was either part of a business dispute between local taxi drivers or a rebel attack.

In another attempt to portray Chechnya as returning to normal, Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov granted pardon Saturday to some 30 rebels who turned themselves in, surrendering their weapons and pledging to return to peaceful life. If the men are not found to have committed serious crimes, "each of them will be allowed to choose what to do, and I think they will return to peaceful life," Kadyrov said in Chechnya's second biggest city, Gudermes, home to the headquarters of the province's anti-terrorism center, where the rebels came to surrender.