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Chechens Kidnap Nine Russia Cops

November 26, 1997

MOSCOW (AP) _ Gunmen kidnapped nine police officers today in Russia’s republic of Ingushetia and took them to neighboring breakaway Chechnya, officials said.

The early-morning abduction was carried out by Chechen gunmen who want to exchange the police officers for eight Chechen guerrillas detained by Russian authorities, Ingush Interior Minister Daud Karigov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

The attackers arrived in 20 vehicles at the police post in the town of Ordzhonikidze, Karigov said.

Chechen Interior Minister Kazbek Makhashev said an emergency task force was investigating, Interfax reported. An Ingush delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Askhap Goigov left for the Chechen capital, Grozny, to look into the kidnapping.

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