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Chechen Rebels Kill 7 Russian Soldiers

November 26, 2000|Associated Press

GROZNY, Russia — Rebels killed seven Russian soldiers and wounded 10 in the breakaway republic of Chechnya, officials said Saturday, after Russian positions came under 25 attacks within a day.

In Grozny, the Chechen capital, one soldier was killed and two were injured Friday when their armored personnel carrier hit a land mine, an official with Chechnya's pro-Moscow administration said. Russian warplanes shelled suspected rebel hide-outs in southern Chechnya, while artillery rounds were fired near the towns of Vedeno, Nozhai-Yurt and Urus-Martan.

Russian troops and police sealed off most of downtown Grozny on Saturday to carry out document checks.

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