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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rebel Snipers Kill 2 Policemen in Chechnya

Chechen rebels fired on a military vehicle from the cover of a forest west of Grozny on Tuesday, killing two policemen and injuring four, Itar-Tass reported.

In a separate attack, a mine blast injured several servicemen in an armored personnel carrier on a road linking Grozny and the province’s chaotic southern hills, news agencies reported.

The assaults came after a night of gunfire across the war-shattered region.

Moscow says the rebels have been reduced to "diversionary and terrorist acts" since their numbers have been sharply reduced in the 11-month war.

But the rebels insist they are fitter than ever and winning a psychological battle against Russian troops consisting largely of young conscripts.

"The enemy has suffered a psychological breakdown," the rebel web site Kavkaz.org quoted guerrilla leader Shamil Basayev as saying. "Practically everywhere in Chechnya, we are carrying out relentless mine warfare against the aggressors."

Basayev’s comments came a day after the Kremlin claimed that rebels were beginning to surrender as they realized the "futility" of their cause, following Russian military reports that a senior rebel commander had given himself up.

Itar-Tass said Tuesday that authorities were not planning to charge Ibragim Khultygov for "membership in an illegally armed group" as he had surrendered voluntarily.

Kavkaz.org

http://www.kavkaz.org