Chechnya: Rebel Attacks Claim Six Russian Soldiers
Vladikavkaz, Russia; 3 May 2002 (RFE/RL) -- An official with the
pro-Moscow Chechen administration today said rebel attacks intensified
in the last 24 hours throughout Chechnya, killing six Russian soldiers
and wounding at least 23 others.
The unnamed official told the AP news agency that an army truck came
under rebel fire near Shali, 25 kilometers southeast of Grozny, leaving
three troops dead and five wounded.
He said rebels also clashed with a federal reconnaissance group in the
Kurchaloi region in southeast Chechnya, killing three soldiers and
wounding another two. One rebel was detained.
The official said that in the capital Grozny, an army jeep hit a land
mine and exploded, seriously injuring three troops. None of the
incidents could be independently confirmed.