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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Troops Shot at Grozny Market

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia -- Two soldiers died of gunshot wounds to the head after being attacked early Monday at a central market in Grozny, said an official in the Moscow-backed Chechen administration.

Another soldier died and seven were injured when rebels ambushed a federal convoy in the Nozhai-Yurt region of Chechnya near the border with neighboring Dagestan, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Federal positions came under attack 20 times in the previous 24 hours, killing one soldier and wounding nine, the official said.

The rebels are outnumbered and outgunned but their persistent daily attacks continue to bleed federal troops. Federal forces respond with bombing raids and security sweeps.

Russian aviation bombed the southern Vedeno region, a mountainous area favored by the insurgents because of its rough terrain. Federal forces also shelled suspected rebel camps and units in the Vedeno, Itum-Kale, Nozhai-Yurt and Urus-Martan regions over the previous 24 hours, the Chechen official said. About 150 people were rounded up during federal sweeps in the previous 24 hours, the official said.

Meanwhile, one Chechen police officer died Monday when he stepped on a mine while inspecting a building. Three other Chechen police officers were wounded in a clash with rebels in the Vedeno region, the official said.

Also Monday, the Cabinet minister for Chechnya, Stanislav Ilyasov, said that 14 billion rubles ($451.6 million) has been set aside to pay compensation next year to people who lost their homes during fighting in Chechnya, Interfax reported. He also expressed hope that enough adequate housing would be built to accommodate returning refugees.