Girls abducted in Chechnya on terrorist leader's orders - Interior Ministry

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GROZNY, June 21 (RIA Novosti) - Young teenage girls were abducted in Chechnya to be used later as suicide bombers on the orders of terrorist leader Doku Umarov, the Russian Interior Ministry's temporary press center in the North Caucasus said today.

Two militants, whose identities were not revealed in the interests of the investigation, were detained Monday.

"The detainees confessed that on Umarov's orders they had kidnapped a girl in the Naursky district of Chechnya to train her in suicide bombing," a spokesman for the press center said.

According to him, it took the police just two hours to find the car with the militants who had kidnapped the girl. "The hostage was freed and the militants were taken to a pre-trial detention center," the spokesman said.

The Chechen Prosecutor's Office opened a criminal case under articles 126 (abduction) and 208 (participation in an illegal armed unit) of the Russian Criminal Code.

The North Caucasian department of the Prosecutor General's Office has the investigation under special control, the spokesman added.

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