Young hostage released in Chechnya

Eleven-year-old Jamal Gamidov, the son of the late Finance Minister of Daghestan (a North Caucasian republic within Russia) and Deputy of the 1st State Duma Gamid Gamidov, who was held hostage for three and a half years in Chechnya, has been released. RIA Novosti was told about this in the press service of Daghestan's Interior Ministry on Thursday.

The abducted boy's father was killed 10 years ago in Makhachkala (administrative center of Daghestan).

The Interior Ministry spokesman said that law enforcement officers managed to release the abducted boy on Wednesday in the settlement of Zarechnoye near the city of Khasavyurt when they were searching for the criminals who killed the local police inspector.

Right after the release the teenager was placed in the Khasavyurt city hospital. He is emaciated, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.

Several persons suspected of involvement in the boy's abduction were detained during his release. The information obtained is being checked.

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