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Seven Russian soldiers killed in Chechnya

A pro-Moscow policeman was also killed in a bloody 24 hours of rebel attacks in Chechnya.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 14:46 IST

Seven Russian soldiers and a pro-Moscow policeman have been killed in a bloody 24 hours of rebel attacks in Chechnya, an official in Chechnya's pro-Russian administration said.

Four soldiers were killed and five others wounded in a string of ambush attacks on federal forces, said the source on Friday, asking not to be named.

In another incident, one soldier was killed when a military vehicle came under fire near the village of Benoi-Vedeno in the south-eastern Nozhai-Yurt region.

A further two servicemen from a unit stationed near Nozhai-Yurt were killed on Thursday by a grenade that exploded in their hands.

In the southern Vedeno region a police unit got ambushed early on Friday, with one policeman killed and another wounded.

Tens of thousands of civilians and some 10,000 soldiers have been killed in over a decade of guerrilla warfare between Russian forces and Chechen separatist rebels.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 14:46 IST