Eleven soldiers killed and 12 wounded in Chechnya

Eleven soldiers were killed and 12 wounded in the latest violence in Chechnya, an official with the pro-Russian Chechen government said on Saturday.


Three soldiers were killed and four were wounded as various Russian
positions came under separatist rebel fire across Chechnya over a
24-hour period, said the official, who asked not to be named.

Two more soliders were killed and four were wounded when a Russian
military jeep blew up over a landmine in the Chechen capital Grozny.

Five pro-Russian Chechen soldiers were killed and two wounded in
skirmishes with rebel fighters in the southern Vedeno region.

And one soldier with the Russian interior ministry forces was killed and
two wounded during an exchange of fire in the Gudermes region, east of

After the first Chechen war from 1994 to 1996, Russian troops re-entered
the province in October 1999. With a force of 80,000 soldiers, the
Russians continue to confront an armed rebellion and suffer casualties
on an almost daily basis.

Von: 17 September 2005 (AFP)

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