3 February 2006 -- Six Russian soldiers and a Chechen fighter have been killed since 2 February in fighting in Chechnya.
AFP quoted an unidentified official with the pro-Russian Chechen administration as saying that three soldiers were killed during a series of attacks by Chechen separatists.
Two other soldiers were killed when their vehicle was attacked near the village of Alkhan-Yurt in southeastern Chechnya.
The sixth fatality was a member of the Vostok Battalion, composed of Chechens under Russian command. He died in clashes with rebels in the southeast. A Chechen guerrilla was also killed in the clashes.
Despite Russian statements that the conflict in Chechnya is over, firefights occur almost daily between some 80,000 troops and a mixture of Chechen independence fighters and Islamist militants.
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