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BBC reporters ‘badly beaten’ in Southern Russia

BBC reporters ‘badly beaten’ in Southern Russia

A team of BBC journalists was beaten and their camera smashed in southern Russia, where they were looking into reports of Russian soldiers killed while on secret deployments near Ukraine, the broadcaster said Thursday.

The three reporters were working in the southern city of Astrakhan when they were “assaulted by unidentified men in a coordinated attack,” the BBC said in a statement.

“Our staff were badly beaten, their camera destroyed and then taken,” the statement said.

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