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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Killed During Stavropol Brawl

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- A Chechen man was killed and at least eight other people were injured in a brawl involving migrants from the Caucasus and local residents in Stavropol, officials said.

Several hundred young men armed with metal rods, baseball bats and knives took part in the fight, which started late Thursday and continued overnight at a park in Stavropol, police said Saturday.

Gelani Atayev, an ethnic Chechen student who also worked as a guard at a casino, was killed and eight others were hospitalized with wounds, police said.

The brawl was triggered by a dispute between Atayev and a local resident and broken up by riot police firing warning shots into the air. Prosecutors were investigating the fight.

Police sought to downplay any racial element in the brawl. Last year, a fight in the northwestern town of Kondopoga that left two local residents dead triggered anger against Chechen migrants.