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Ten Soldiers, Eight Rebels Killed In Chechnya

8 June 2004 -- Officials in Chechnya said today that at least 10 Russian servicemen and eight militants have died in several clashes.

An official in the Moscow-backed Chechen administration told Associated Press that six servicemen died in attacks on Russian outposts, and another three were killed in an ambush on their vehicle over the past day. Also, a policeman died and five were wounded in a clash in Grozny.

Colonel Ilya Shabalkin, a spokesman for the military forces in Chechnya, said that eight separatist fighters have been killed in Russian raids over the past day.

The Chechen official said some 180 people were detained on suspicion of rebel links in the latest Russian raids.