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Six Russian Soldiers Reported Killed In Chechnya

23 September 2005 -- A pro-Moscow Chechen official today said that six Russian soldiers were killed and 11 wounded in Chechnya in the past 24 hours.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said four soldiers were killed and nine wounded when their positions came under fire.

He added that Russian positions had come under attack 17 times over the previous 24 hours. Another soldier died of injuries sustained when a land mine exploded yesterday evening in Kharatchoi, near the southeastern town of Vedeno.

The sixth Russian soldier died while trying to defuse a mine near Guekhitchou, southwest of Grozny. In Grozny itself, the body of a pro-Russian Chechen policeman was found today in Minoutka Square.