14 October 2005, 19:10

Nalchik casualties

According to a source with Kabardino-Balkaria's law enforcement / security agencies, 18 police officers, two servicemen of the interior troops, three officers of the republican department of the Federal Security Service, and one officer of the republican department of the Federal Punishment Execution Service have been killed in action in Nalchik.

The source said, "There is information currently that 43 police officers, eight servicemen of the interior troops, six officers of the republican department of the Federal Security Service, and one officer of the republican department of the Federal Punishment Execution Service have been wounded."

He also noted that these figures would be specified, as there were many unidentified dead bodies, RIA Novosti reports.

The rebel attack on the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria resulted in Khusein Susayev, brother of the Chechen Republic's deputy internal affairs minister, dying. This is what President Alu Alkhanov of Chechnya said. The killed man was an officer of the North Caucasus Regional Department for the Combating of Organised Crime, according to him.

One hundred and twenty people who suffered because of the rebel attack on the city were admitted to hospitals in Nalchik last Thursday, a representative of the republican Health Ministry said by phone on Friday. There are no children among them, according to him. He remarked that eight of them were in a grave condition, according to preliminary information.

The number of casualties among civilians in Nalchik has grown to 14, the All-Russian Centre of Disaster Medicine reported on Friday. "One hundred and fifteen victims are in hospitals, according to our information," the officer on duty told RIA Novosti. Kabardino-Balkaria's Prime Minister Gennady Gubin told Interfax that 12 to 24 civilians had died as a result of clashes.

Six of those who suffered because of the rebel attack will be delivered to Moscow hospitals today. These are the most seriously wounded ones, according to ITAR-TASS's information. They need to undergo complex operations which they cannot have in Nalchik.

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