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Chechnya: Rebel Attacks Claim Six Russian Soldiers

Vladikavkaz, Russia; 3 May 2002 (RFE/RL) -- An official with the pro-Moscow Chechen administration today said rebel attacks intensified in the last 24 hours throughout Chechnya, killing six Russian soldiers and wounding at least 23 others. The unnamed official told the AP news agency that an army truck came under rebel fire near Shali, 25 kilometers southeast of Grozny, leaving three troops dead and five wounded.

He said rebels also clashed with a federal reconnaissance group in the Kurchaloi region in southeast Chechnya, killing three soldiers and wounding another two. One rebel was detained.

The official said that in the capital Grozny, an army jeep hit a land mine and exploded, seriously injuring three troops. None of the incidents could be independently confirmed.