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Nine Russian Soldiers Killed in Rebel Ambush in Southern Chechnya

Rebels ambushed a Russian military vehicle in southern Chechnya and staged hit-and-run attacks against federal positions, killing 16 soldiers and wounding 13 in heavy fighting over the past 24 hours, a Chechen administration official said Sunday. A sapper unit traveling in a heavy Kamaz truck was blasted by a remote-controlled land mine in the Shatoi region of southern Chechnya on Saturday evening, said the official in the Kremlin-backed administration, speaking on condition of anonymity. Rebel ambushers then launched grenades and fired automatic weapons at the truck, the official said. Nine soldiers died in the attack, the official said. The truck had been at the head of a military convoy returning to base through the mountains of southern Chechnya where many rebels shelter and through which many supply routes run, according to Russian news reports. In other attacks, rebels fired on federal positions 19 times, killing five soldiers and wounding six, the official said. Clashes also took place in Bamut in western Chechnya, leaving two soldiers dead and two wounded. Full Story

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