Russian officer found with throat slashed in Chechnya

Published November 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Russian officer has been found dead with his throat slashed in a northern federally-controlled sector of the separatist Chechen republic, ITAR-TASS reported Sunday citing official sources. 

The soldier, whose identity was not revealed, was discovered in the Kalinovskaya settlement, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the shelled-out capital Grozny. 

The region was one of the first to be taken under full Russian control when federal forces stormed into the North Caucasus republic in a self-declared anti-terrorist operation on October 1, 1999. 

The Chechen rebels have since engaged Russian troops in a fierce guerrilla war that sees dozens of weekly casualties, many of them going unreported by the state media -- MOSCOW (AFP)  




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