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    Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2002 Troops Battle With Rebels The Associated Press VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia -- Troops clashed with Chechen rebels in two villages south of
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      Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2002
      Troops Battle With Rebels

      The Associated Press VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia -- Troops clashed
      with Chechen rebels in two villages south of Grozny as warplanes and
      artillery struck at rebel targets throughout the republic, an
      official said Monday.

      Federal forces and rebels engaged in sporadic shootouts in the
      village of Gansalchu in the Nozhai-Yurt district over the previous 24
      hours, the official in the Moscow-backed administration said on
      condition of anonymity.

      At the same time, military aircraft and artillery bombed rebel
      positions in the village about 60 kilometers southeast of the
      capital.

      Three soldiers were killed and four wounded, the official said. The
      rebels also suffered losses, though it was not clear how many.

      Earlier this week, military officials said they had surrounded a
      group of rebels in Gansalchu who were attempting to break out.

      Troops also clashed with rebels in the village of Bamut in the Achkoi-
      Martan district, 25 kilometers southwest of Grozny, the official
      said. One serviceman was killed and five others wounded. Three rebels
      were killed and another detained during the battle.
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