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Death toll in Chechnya attack reaches five soldiers

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Five servicemen have now been confirmed as dead and six wounded after their vehicles came under fire in Chechnya on Wednesday, local police said Thursday.

GROZNY, May 18 (RIA Novosti) - Five servicemen have now been confirmed as dead and six wounded after their vehicles came under fire in Chechnya on Wednesday, local police said Thursday.

The incident happened on a highway in the Kurchaloi district to the east of the capital, Grozny, when militants attacked two vehicles of a reconnaissance group with automatic rifles and grenade launchers.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that 31 soldiers had been killed in the troubled North Caucasus republic since the start of 2006. Only three of them were killed in action and one serviceman had been reported missing.

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