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Russian Troops Killed in Ambush in Caucasus


A Russian troop convoy was attacked Saturday in the Caucasus province of Ingushetia. An opposition website said about 50 soldiers were killed, but Russian officials have confirmed only two dead and nine wounded.

A spokesperson for the regional Interior Ministry said militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons attacked a column of Russian military vehicles. The attack took place on a road between the villages of Muzhichi and Galashki, about 25 kilometers east of the regional capital Nazran.

Reports said as many as 30 militants were involved in the attack. Russian news agencies said officials searched a wooded area, but the search was called off when no militants were found.

Raids from Islamic militants have destabilized the province, which borders Chechnya to the west - the site of two separatist wars that have often spilled over into neighboring territory.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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