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Rebels Attack Russian Troops in Chechnya

Chechen rebels fired automatic weapons and lobbed grenades at a military commander’s office, killing two soldiers and wounding 10, the Interior Ministry said Saturday. In a separate attack, rebels on Friday ambushed Interior Ministry troops searching a forest outside of Chechnya’s second-largest city, Gudermes. Two rebels were killed and two officers wounded in the gunbattle, the Interior Ministry said. Russian forces significantly outnumber and outgun the insurgents, but rebel fighters have kept up the attacks, relying on small ambushes and land mine explosions to bloody Russian troops daily in this already four-year-old war. The Russians carry out near-daily bombing raids, aggressively patrol checkpoints and conduct wide-ranging sweeps, which Chechen residents and human rights groups criticize for brutalizing civilians and alienating much of the population in this predominantly Muslim region. Full Story

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