AP: 4 killed, 11 wounded in Chechnya
- 4 killed, 11 wounded in Chechnya
May 03, 2003 Posted: 17:18 Moscow time (13:18 GMT)
VLADIKAVKAZ - A Russian soldier was killed in a firefight with
Chechen rebels near Russian military headquarters outside the Chechen
capital Grozny, a Chechen government official said Saturday.
The soldier was among four killed in rebel attacks over the past 24
hours, said the official in the Moscow-backed administration, who
spoke on condition of anonymity. Eleven soldiers were wounded over
the same period.
A Chechen riot police officer was killed and three of his colleagues
were wounded early Saturday when their truck exploded on a mine
planted in the village of Chernorechye, in the Grozny suburbs, the
official said. The Interfax news agency, citing Deputy Interior
Minister Akhmed Dakayev, said 20 officers were in the truck and most
were unharmed because the vehicle had extra armor and was moving at
Russian troops detained at least 150 people over the past 24 hours on
suspicion of rebel ties, the official said. Russian artillery
bombarded suspected rebel bases in the Achkhoi-Martan and Urus-Martan
regions, while airplanes and helicopters targeted Urus-Martan, Vedeno
and Itum-Kale, all in Chechnya's south.
Russian troops fought a disastrous 1994-1996 war with Chechen
separatists, who gained control of the republic after a cease-fire.
Russian forces returned in 1999 after rebel raids on a neighboring
Russian region and after apartment-house bombings in Russian cities
killed more than 300 people. They were blamed on the rebels.
Rebels are outgunned and outnumbered by federal troops, but they
continue to move with impunity throughout much of Chechnya. /The