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    Top officials from the Russian Interior Ministry will oversee investigation into a recent attack on journalists and human rights activists in Ingushetia, the ministry said in a statement 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 one Norwegian and one Swedish reporters. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the ministry to find out all the circumstances of the incident and give it a legal assessment.

    According to the statement, Russia's Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev instructed head of the Russian Interior Ministry department in the North Caucasian Federal District Sergei Chenchik and the minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Ingushetia, Alexander Trofimov, "to take comprehensive measures to identify and apprehend those involved in the attack."

    "Work on the detection of the crime will be overseen by the top officials of Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs," the statement reads.

    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.

    The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that Moscow considered the attack on reporters and human rights activists in Russia’s southern region of Ingushetia utterly outrageous.


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