Six Russian servicemen were killed and eleven wounded in rebel attacks across Chechnya during the past 24 hours, the AVN military news agency reported Tuesday citing the federal army command.
Meanwhile, Russian troops killed eight rebel fighters and captured seven others during overnight clashes in the southeastern district of Urus-Martan, Interfax reported Tuesday.
It was impossible to verify the casualty figures.
A rebel explosion hit a pro-Moscow administrative building in Kurchaloi, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the Chechen capital Grozny, but nobody was hurt, AVN reported.
In Grozny itself, federal forces carried out a large-scale mopping-up operation, stopping and searching more than 3,000 local people, and arresting nine on suspicion of involvement with terrorist groups.
All roads leading into Grozny were also blocked, news agencies reported.
Russia's military launched its self-declared "anti-terrorist" operation in Chechnya on October 1, 1999, but has failed to stamp out daily rebel attacks on pro-Moscow targets across the war-torn republic -- MOSCOW (AFP)
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