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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Federal Forces Accused of Killing a Boy

CHEMULGA, Ingushetia -- Federal security forces shot and killed a 6-year-old boy while conducting a sweep for suspected rebels in Ingushetia, the victim's family said.

The region's chief prosecutor, Yury Turygin, said in a statement that the boy was killed in a skirmish between security forces and militants hiding in the house, but he did not say which side had fired the fatal shot. The family insisted no gunmen were in the house.

Ramzan Amriyev said in an interview that a special commando unit surrounded his house in the village of Chemulga early Friday, knocked down the door and put him, his wife and their four children face down on the floor.

The troops then opened fire over their heads on other rooms in the house, Amriyev said. When the shooting ended, they found their 6-year-old son, Rakhim, dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

The security forces said the boy was killed by a bullet that ricocheted, but his relatives insisted it was a deliberate murder. After the shooting, police kept the half-dressed Amriyevs and their neighbors in the cold for about half an hour. "They took us out barefooted without giving us time to dress and put on our shoes," Amriyev's wife, Luiza, said.

Police then rammed the Amriyev's house with their armored personnel carrier, destroying the building. Police said they suspected that a militant was hiding in the house. Turygin, the prosecutor, said Amriyev, the owner of the house, was suspected of rebel links and a search for him was under way.