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Rebel Attack in Southern Russia Finally Quelled; Scores Dead

Russian security forces say they have freed all remaining hostages held by militants who launched a major attack on the southern Russian town of Nalchik, Thursday.

Gennady Gubin, Prime Minister of the Kabardino-Balkaria republic, is quoted by Interfax as saying all resistance by the militants has been put down, and that security forces are hunting for any gunmen who might still be hiding.

Earlier, security forces stormed a police station where hostages were being held overnight, killing eight of their captors.

Chechen separatists have claimed responsibility for Thursday's attacks on police stations and government buildings that sparked clashes between security forces and militants. At least 85 people, including 61 militants, were killed.

Russian troops have been battling Chechen separatists for about 10 years.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.