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Chechnya: Rebels Kill At Least 12 Russians

Vladikavkaz, Russia; 29 August 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Rebels in eastern Chechnya killed 12 people in and around a Russian military convoy, the Interfax news agency reported today. The attack happened in the village of Oktyabrskoye in the Kurchaloi district last night. It began when a car bomb was detonated as a federal convoy of an armored personnel carrier and two military vehicles passed by an outdoor market. The convoy then came under fire from gunmen hiding nearby.

Interfax quoted the Chechen military commandant's office as saying that six civilians were killed, along with four soldiers and two employees of the pro-Russian commandant's office.

The Kremlin office that monitors the war said it had no immediate information about the incident.