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AP: Chechen "Rebel" Attacks Kill 11

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  • Norbert Strade
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 5, 2002
      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
      exploded.

      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.

      (snip)
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