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2 Hungarian aid workers are abducted in Grozny

Two Hungarian aid workers carrying out relief work for an international church agency, Action by Churches Together, were abducted in Grozny, capital of the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, early Thursday, according to officials of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Since the armed conflict in Chechnya ended last year, the republic has been hit by a wave of abductions which are believed a major source of income - in the form of ransoms - not only for local warlords, but also for high-ranking Chechen government officials.The two men abducted Wednesday, Gabor Dynaijsky and Istvan Olah, are employed by Hungarian Interchurch Aid.