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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 October 2005, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
In pictures: Caucasus clashes
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Violence once again came to Russia's turbulent Caucasus region, this time in Nalchik, capital of Kabardino-Balkaria.
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Rebels launched near-simultaneous attacks on government buildings, targeting police stations, the federal security services offices and the airport among others.
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It led to fierce clashes between the police and rebels, with heavy gunfire and explosions heard across the city.
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One school had to be evacuated, with parents searching frantically for their children, as the fighting closed in.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the city to be sealed off, and troops to shoot any armed resisters.
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The estimated number of casualties varied, but dozens of rebels, security forces members and civilians were killed.
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Dozens of people were also wounded in the clashes.
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Kabardino-Balkaria is near war-torn Chechnya; Nalchik is 100 km (60 miles) from Beslan, where more than 300 people died in last year's school siege by Chechen rebels.
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Militants from Chechnya have claimed responsibility for this latest attack, according to a pro-rebel website.



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