Rebels in 20 Attacks on Russian Troops
Chechen separatist rebels attacked Russian soldiers in 20 incidents during the past 24 hours, Russian military sources said Tuesday.
In the same period Russian forces defused 22 explosive devices, including a bomb found in a factory in the capital Grozny, ITAR-TASS news agency reported, citing Russia's interior ministry.
Russian troops arrested 36 people suspected of helping Chechen rebels and seized four grenade launchers, 15 weapons and a tone of ammunition, Interfax news agency said
Meanwhile, Russian military planes and helicopters continued to bomb rebel strongholds, military sources said.
Pro-independence rebels mount almost daily attacks on Russian forces in war-torn Chechnya, a secessionist southern Russian republic invaded by Moscow's troops on October 1, 1999 -- MOSCOW (AFP)
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