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Street trader sells as on a Chechen street (file photo) (AFP) 27 January 2006 – A pipeline rupture has cut off gas supplies to several districts in Russia's southern republic of Chechnya.


Russian officials said the pipeline ruptured late on 26 January outside the town of Gudermes, leaving the districts of Shali and Kurchaloi, parts of the capital Grozny, as well as the towns of Argun and Khankala without gas supplies.


Chechen chief prosecutor Valery Kuznetsov said a criminal investigation had been opened, but said evidence suggested an accident had damaged the pipeline.


Specialists from the Emergency Ministry and the regional gas utility, as well as representatives of law enforcement agencies were at the site.


(Interfax, ITAR-TASS)

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