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Up in arms

Caucasus [VIGILANTES]

A fight is brewing in the northern Caucasus, where the president of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria has offered to support groups of civilians to fight Islamist insurgents behind grenade attacks on public buildings and the execution of tourists in February. Since then, a group of vigilantes calling themselves the Black Hawks has begun handing out papers stating they plan to fight “bearded Islamists”. The group has been blamed for attacking the house of a suspected militant but that hasn’t stopped the…

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