Ten rebels killed in Chechnya

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Ten rebels including a Jordanian were killed during an operation by Russian forces in the volatile Chechnya region, Interfax news agency reported Thursday.

The operation took place in a forest in the Vedeno region of southwest Chechnya, an official with the Russian special forces in the north Caucasus told the agency.

"Ten rebels were shot dead. One of them has been identified," he said, naming the man as Yassir Amarat, a Jordanian who was leader of the rebel group.

Amarat was suspected of several crimes against Russian soldiers and local residents, the official said.

Authorities in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, which includes Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya, are battling an Islamist insurgency that has seen almost daily shootings and bomb attacks.

President Dmitry Medvedev has called the unrest in the Caucasus Russia's most serious domestic problem.

© 2010 AFP

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