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Three Russian Soldiers Reportedly Killed In Chechnya

31 August 2005 -- An official from the pro-Moscow Chechen administration said today that land mines killed a Russian bomb expert, while a soldier and a member of the federal forces were shot dead in an attack by Chechen militants.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said rebels carried out six attacks on federal checkpoints and military bases in the past 24 hours, killing a soldier and wounding three others.

Another soldier was killed and three others injured when their jeep drove over a mine in the capital Grozny.

The source said the Russian explosives expert was killed and another man was hurt when a mine they were attempting to defuse blew up near the town of Kalinovskaya, south of the capital.

His report could not be independently confirmed.