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Land Mine Blast Kills 5 Soldiers in Chechnya

April 07, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Five Russian servicemen died in separatist Chechnya when their armored vehicle detonated a mine outside Grozny, the republic's capital, Interfax news agency reported.

The agency, quoting the military, said the vehicle blew up just after passing a checkpoint.

President Vladimir V. Putin and other officials say Moscow's forces control the entire region. The troops, however, are constantly subject to attack.

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