AP: Chechen "Rebel" Attacks Kill 11
- Chechen Rebel Attacks Kill 11
By Yuri Bagrov
Associated Press Writer
Friday, July 5, 2002; 6:26 PM
VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia Rebel ambushes and land mine explosions killed 11
soldiers and police across Chechnya in the last 24 hours, an official in
the pro-Moscow Chechen administration said Friday.
Rebels fired on Russian positions 15 times, killing three and wounding
three, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A military vehicle was blown up by a land mine in the capital Grozny,
injuring three soldiers, the official said. A sapper working to defuse
another mine in the capital suffered life-threatening injuries when it
In the southern Vedeno district, a group of special military police
clashed with rebels, leaving two police dead and one wounded. One rebel
was also killed, the official said.
Large-scale combat operations ended long ago in the southern Russian
republic, but small-scale rebel attacks continue to bleed Russian troops
daily and belie the Kremlin line that life is returning to normal in
Chechnya. The Russian military also remains active, shelling suspected
rebel bases and conducting security raids daily.
At least 100 people were detained in security sweeps in the last 24
hours across the republic, and Russian artillery shelled suspected rebel
holdouts in Chechnya's second-largest city Gudermes and in the
Urus-Martan, and Achkhoi-Martan districts, the official said.