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Russian Military Says Missile System Seized From Chechens

11 April 2005 -- The Russian military says it killed three Chechen fighters and seized an antiaircraft missile system from the site of the clash.

Major General Ilya Shabalkin said two Chechen fighters were killed during the brief skirmish on 9 April, one was killed while helicopters were tracking him after he fled, and a fourth fighter escaped.

Shabalkin said today that the Russian forces found a large amount of ammunition and weaponry at the clash site in the eastern Nozhai-Yurt district along with the missile system.

Chechen rebels have used portable shoulder-fired missiles to shoot down military helicopters over Chechnya, including one crash that left more than 120 passengers and crew dead in 2002.


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