AFP: Fourteen Russian troops killed
- Fourteen Russian troops killed
From correspondents in Grozny
A TOTAL of 14 Russian soldiers, plus at least three local Chechen
troops, were killed and 19 injured in a series of incidents over two
days in the breakaway southern republic of Chechnya, a spokesman for
the local pro-Russian government said today.
The spokesman, who asked not to be named, also said that six people
had been reported kidnapped in Chechnya in the same period, two of
Three Russian soldiers were killed and four injured in an overnight
attack early on Monday, and another soldier was killed and five hurt
the following night, the spokesman said.
Three soldiers were also killed in an attack on their vehicle in the
capital Grozny. Another attack on a vehicle left one soldier dead and
six injured in the Vedeno region in the southwest.
The spokesman also said that three Russian soldiers died and three
were hurt when their truck hit a landmine near Novye Atagui, south of
In other incidents, two mine removal specialists died when a mine they
were working on exploded, and a Russian soldier was killed during the
arrest of an alleged rebel.
In the same period two Chechen police officers were killed when their
patrol came under fire in Grozny, and a security guard protecting the
local pro-Russian president was shot dead south of the capital, the