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Four Soldiers Reported Dead In Chechen Violence

26 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- An official at Chechnya's pro-Moscow administration said four Russian soldiers have been killed in the breakaway republic in the past 24 hours.

The official, who asked not to be named, told AFP news agency that two soldiers died and seven were injured during 11 separate attacks on military positions around Chechnya.

Another soldier was killed and two were wounded in fighting with separatists in the southern Shatoi district.

In the republic's capital Grozny, a mine-disposal expert was killed as he tried to defuse a homemade bomb.

In neighboring Daghestan, spokeswoman Marina Rasulova for the police in the republic's capital, Makhachkala, said an explosion hit a police vehicle overnight, wounding a police officer.

The explosion came a day after a bomb hit a railway line in Daghestan, derailing a maintenance train and injuring its two drivers.


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