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    A small bus on fire which was carrying foreign and Russian journalists, and activists from a non-governmental organization, is seen after been attacked near the border of Chechnya by men in Ingushetia, South Russia, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

    Victim Reveals Details of Assault Against Reporters, Activists in Caucasus

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    Swedish Radio reporter Maria Persson Lofgren recounted details of the recent assault on journalists and human rights activists in the southern Russian region of Ingushetia to the broadcaster on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, a group of assailants attacked a bus with nine activists and journalists on board on the border between Russia's Chechnya and Ingushetia regions. Four people were hospitalized, including Persson Lofgren and a Norwegian journalist.

    According to the reporter, they were traveling in a minibus on a highway in Ingushetia in the direction of the Chechen capital of Grozny. When they neared the Chechen border, the bus was blocked by three or four cars.

    "I thought it was some kind of accident, but a group of young men in disguises started beating the bus's windows with clubs, demanding our Chechen driver open the door… They began to shout, 'you are terrorists, not human rights activists, you are killing our people,'" she said.

    A small bus on fire which was carrying foreign and Russian journalists, and activists from a non-governmental organization, is seen after been attacked near the border of Chechnya by men in Ingushetia, South Russia
    © AP Photo / Russian media organization Mediazona
    According to Persson Lofgren, the assailants managed to climb through the windshield into the bus and dragged passengers out while beating them. She received long cut wound on her hip, bruises and swollen hands.

    "I'm still in shock, but in any case, I feel fine, it could have ended up much worse," she said.

    Earlier in the day, a member of staff of the Russian hospital where the victims of the attack are being treated said their condition was satisfactory. An investigation into the incident has been opened.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Moscow considered the attack on reporters and human rights activists in Russia’s southern region of Ingushetia utterly outrageous and urged law enforcement agencies to take the "most active measures" to find the perpetrators and ensure the victims' security.

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