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Gunmen Fire on Car in Chechnya; One Dead

August 10, 2005

GROZNY, Russia (AP) _ Gunmen sprayed bullets at a car Tuesday in the capital of Chechnya, killing one person, wounding a child in the head, and setting the vehicle ablaze.

Three members of a special Chechen security force were believed to have been in the car, said a police official, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of angering the force, controlled by Chechnya’s deputy prime minister, Ramzan Kadyrov.

One of the people in the car was killed and two were wounded.

The shooting happened at around 6 p.m. in Grozny’s Staropromyslovsky district. Flames engulfed the black passenger vehicle, sending up dark plumes of smoke, as rescuers tried to extinguish the fire.

The identities of the attackers was not known.

Chechnya has been locked in a separatist conflict for much of the past decade.

The mainly Muslim southern province remains wracked by violence and rampant abductions, six years after Russian military forces re-entered the Caucasus region after a period of de facto independence. A series of terrorist attacks in Russia in recent years has been blamed on Chechen rebels.

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