Rights groups condemn 'collective justice' after Chechnya attack

December 11, 2014 5:34 PM

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Rights groups condemn 'collective justice' after Chechnya attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rights campaigners accused authorities in Russia's Chechnya region of meting out "collective punishment" by burning down the homes of suspected militants in retribution for a gun attack last week.

At least 25 people were killed in the attack and a subsequent shootout in the regional capital Grozny last Thursday, the bloodiest fighting in months in Chechnya where Moscow has reasserted control after two wars against Islamist insurgents in the 1990s.

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