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8 Russian Soldiers, 3 Chechen Police Killed in Clashes with Rebels
18 May 2004, 08:49 UTC
Russian officials say eight soldiers and three pro-Moscow policemen in Chechnya have been killed in a double ambush and shoot-out in the southern Russian republic.
Authorities say rebels killed the police officers Monday after their jeep hit a mine in the Urus-Martan region of Chechnya.
The Russian Interior Ministry said Tuesday soldiers in an armored troop carrier rushed to help the policemen, but their vehicle was also blown up by a mine, and eight soldiers were killed in a shoot-out with the rebels.
The deadly clashes near the village of Alkhan-Yurt come less than two weeks after Chechnya's pro-Moscow president, Akhmad Kadyrov was killed in a bombing at a public event in the regional capital, Grozny.
The breakaway republic has suffered considerable deadly violence in recent years.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.
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