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Four Dead In Chechnya Clashes


http://gdb.rferl.org/74e7928e-eb9b-437f-947c-985651bcfb0f_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/74e7928e-eb9b-437f-947c-985651bcfb0f_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) 29 December 2005 -- An official from the Kremlin-backed Chechen administration says three Russian soldiers and one pro-Moscow Chechen military officer have been killed in fighting in the province.


The official said Russian troop positions came under fire from separatist rebels 13 times in a 24-hour period, killing one soldier and injuring five.


Two other soldiers were killed and another two injured when their truck came under fire near Vedeno in southern Chechnya.


A firefight in the Nozhai-Yurt region in eastern Chechnya yesterday left one pro-Moscow fighter dead and one injured. Two rebels were also killed.


Russian forces suffer daily casualties in the guerrilla war in the southern province, despite Kremlin-led efforts at a "political normalization" of the conflict.


(AFP)

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