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Minibus Crash Kills At Least Seven In Chechnya

A minibus travelling from Chechnya to Dagestan fell off a cliff July 21, killing at least seven people, emergency workers said.

The GAZelle minibus fell into a 200-meter deep abyss as it was travelling in Chechnya's Vedensky District near the village of Kharachoy. One source said the bus, which started out in Khasavyurt, may have been blocked or hit by a rockfall.

As many as 11 people were killed, TASS reported, and six were injured. Some victims were transported to hospitals in Shali and Grozny after being treated in Vedeno's hospital.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said the minibus was carrying residents of the Dagestani village of Andi. He expressed condolences to Dagestan President Ramazan Abdulatipov and the families and relatives of the victims.

Based on reporting by TASS and