Accessibility links

Russian Military: Six Rebels Killed in Chechnya


Military officials in Russia say six Chechen rebels have been killed in a clash with Russian commandos south of the provincial capital, Grozny.

A military spokesman said Monday Russian forces on an overnight mission Sunday in the North Caucasus region ambushed the guerrillas near two villages, Starye Atagi and Novye Atagi.

A spokesman for the Chechen rebels denies the clash took place and accuses the Russian military of spreading disinformation to discredit a cease-fire called by rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov.

Russian officials have consistently refused to hold any talks with Mr. Maskhadov, whom they call a terrorist and accuse of attacking civilians.

Russian forces have been battling Chechen insurgents for much of the past decade.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

XS
SM
MD
LG