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AFP: Chechens stage protest over abductions

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    Chechens stage protest over abductions GROZNY, Russia, March 31 (AFP) - Nearly 300 people demonstrated outside Chechnya s government headquarters in the
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      Chechens stage protest over abductions

      GROZNY, Russia, March 31 (AFP) - Nearly 300 people demonstrated outside
      Chechnya's government headquarters in the capital Grozny Wednesday in protest
      at the armed nighttime abduction of nine people this week.
      Residents from the southern Dubai-Yurt village where the abductions took
      place staged a protest along with a group of students from Grozny.
      Villagers said masked armed men cordoned off part of Dubai-Yurt over Sunday
      night and drove off with eight men aged between 17 to 35, while the students
      said a 20-year-old student was taken away the same night in Grozny.
      Random kidnappings are common in Chechnya, where separatists have been
      fighting Russian troops on and off for the past decade.
      Human rights groups have blamed Russian troops and forces loyal to
      pro-Moscow Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov for most of the abductions, which
      usually occur during searches for possible rebels among the civilian
      population.
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