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Chechen Fighters Kill Four Russian Soldiers

10 August 2004 -- An official in the Kremlin-backed regional administration of Chechnya says four Russian soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in guerrilla attacks and land-mine explosions in the last 24 hours.

Speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, the official said two soldiers died when rebels fired on Russian bases and checkpoints in the region. He said five Russian servicemen were wounded in the attacks.

The official said a military vehicle hit a land mine in the capital, Grozny, killing one soldier and wounding three. A Russian sapper also was killed and another wounded while defusing an explosive device in Grozny's outskirts.

He said four soldiers were wounded when rebels shelled a military vehicle outside Chiri-Yurt in the southern Shali District.