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Thursday, 26 September, 2002, 23:11 GMT 00:11 UK
In pictures: Fierce battle in Ingushetia
The Russian army has claimed a major victory during a heavy fighting with a large group of Chechen rebels in the Ingush village of Galashki, near the Chechen border.

Russian helicopter in action in Galashki
Russian attack helicopters pounded the rebel positions

Left picture: A Russian soldier heads to a burning haystack (AP). Right picture: Russian officials look at a flag seized from the rebels. (AFP)
The army said up to 40 rebels were killed during the fierce battle and the rest slipped out eastwards

Russian soldiers carry a grenade launcher after the battle
...and Moscow vowed to hunt down the fleeing rebels and finish them off

Left picture: wreckage of a Russian MI 24 helicopter. Right picture: a destroyed Russian  APC. (AP/AP)
The Chechens denied Russian claims about casualties, saying Moscow's army suffered a heavy blow

A family in their car flees from their village of Galashki. AFP
The fighting forced many terrified local residents to flee their homes

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