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Gunmen Target Police In Ingushetia Attacks

19 October 2005 -- Gunmen are reported to have staged an assault early today targeting the houses of law enforcement personnel in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya, RFE/RL's Russian Service reported.

Up to five attacks were reported in the village of Yandar, with the attackers firing assault rifles and grenade launchers and reportedly setting several houses on fire. No injuries were reported from these attacks.

In the nearby town of Karabulak, the brother of a police commander was reported wounded as the result of an assault on a house.

The unidentified attackers -- reported by the ITAR-TASS news agency to number up to 60 -- fled into the forest and security forces were searching for them.

The violence follows last week's attacks by militants in the nearby Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, in which more than 130 people, mostly reported to be militants, were killed in fighting.

(RFE/RL Russian Service, ITAR-TASS)

Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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