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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

5 Soldiers Killed in Fighting

NAZRAN, Ingushetia — Five Russian servicemen died and eight were woun-ded in fighting in Chechnya over the past 24 hours, an official in Chechnya's pro-Moscow administration said Saturday.

Chechen rebels attacked federal positions and checkpoints 19 times over the past day, including intensive clashes in Grozny, Argun in southern Chechnya, and in the outskirts of Gudermes, Chechnya's second-largest city, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Three servicemen were killed in the clashes, he said. Two other soldiers were killed and eight were wounded when a military convoy came under attack late Friday on the road from Grozny to Khankala, the main military base west of the capital, the official said.

A prominent Chechen separatist, Movladi Udugov, said a group of rebels led by field commander Arbi Barayev attacked a police station in Argun on Friday, killing at least nine policemen. There was no independent confirmation of the attack reported by Udugov, the Chechen rebel's chief ideologist.

Vladimir Kalamanov, the presidential human rights envoy to Chechnya, was to fly to Strasbourg, France, on Saturday to attend hearings on Chechnya by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly.