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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Official's House Attacked

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia -- Suspected rebels opened fire and threw hand grenades at a house where a Chechen official was staying with relatives, injuring three of the official's bodyguards, an official in the pro-Moscow Chechen administration said Tuesday.

Bek Baskhanov, a department chief of the Chechen Justice Ministry, was not injured in the assault late Monday night at the home in Serzhen-Yurt in the Vedeno Gorge, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Interfax reported that Baskhanov was in the village for the funeral of his nephew, who had been killed several days earlier.

Suspected rebels also detonated a remote-controlled explosive device underneath the car of Colonel Ruslan Yamadayev in Gudermes, Chechnya's second-largest city, the official said. Yamadayev, a deputy military commander, was not in the car at the time, but two of his bodyguards were wounded.

Pro-Moscow authorities described both attacks as assassination attempts, according to Russian news agencies. Separatists often target ethnic Chechens who work for the pro-Moscow Chechen administration.

In the past 24 hours, federal positions came under fire 14 times, killing one soldier and wounding five, the official said.

In Grozny, an infantry combat vehicle exploded on a remote-controlled land mine, killing one soldier and wounding three. Riot police clashed with rebels in the Nozhai-Yurt district near the border with Dagestan. Two police officers were killed and one was wounded, the official said.

At least 60 people were detained on suspicion of participation in rebel activities as federal forces conducted sweep operations throughout Chechnya.

Meanwhile, about 100 women protested outside the pro-Moscow Chechen government offices in Grozny on Tuesday to demand the release of six people detained in a village outside the capital during identity checks.

In other action, Interfax, citing an unidentified official in the federal military headquarters, reported that federal forces raiding the village of Alkhan-Kala in search of members of a rebel group had found a cache of weapons, poison and bootleg vodka laced with potassium cyanide. Authorities said rebels had planned to sell the vodka to federal troops, Interfax said.