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Chechnya: Rebels Continue Attacks On Russian Forces

Grozny, 28 March 2000 (RFE/RL) - Chechen rebels are continuing to attack Russian forces in Chechnya despite heightened security in place there since Sunday's Russian presidential election. Yesterday, ITAR-TASS quoted the Russian military command saying that Chechen rebels fired grenades at a police checkpoint near Urus-Martan, 20 kilometers southwest of the capital, Grozny. The command said snipers also attacked a police headquarters in Urus-Martan. The report said Chechen fighters also ambushed a police checkpoint in Shali, 25 kms southeast of Grozny. There were no casualty reports.

Russian jets also targeted the towns of Samashki, Roshni-Chu, and Elistanzhi, all in Russian-held areas.

The military said 1,500 Chechen rebels were trapped in the village of Tsentoroi, some 50 kms southeast of Grozny. It claimed that no fighting had begun but that the Russian troops were preparing for battle.

Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin said the military campaign in Chechnya will continue.