In a separate hostage situation, Russian forces earlier today reportedly rescued five hostages and killed eight militants as they were trying to flee.
At least 85 people were reported killed in Nalchik during a 13 October assault, which Chechen separatists have claimed responsibility for organizing.
Russian authorities said 61 of those killed were militants, 12 were reportedly members of the security forces, and 12 were civilians. Officials said 17 militants were detained. More than 100 other people were injured in the fighting.
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