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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechens Hit-and-Run

MOSCOW -- Chechen rebels peppered convoys and checkpoints with gunfire while government warplanes and artillery struck at militants hiding in Chechnya's forests and mountains, officials said Wednesday.

Troops came under fire at least 19 times in the last 24 hours, but no soldiers were hit, the military said.

Rebels also fired at a military headquarters in the central town of Urus-Martan and at a police building in Itum-Kale in the southern mountains, officials said.