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Monday, July 19, 2004

IHT: Troops kill 19 Chechen separatists

IHT: Troops kill 19 Chechen separatists: "Troops kill 19 Chechen separatists
From news reports AP, Reuters Monday, July 19, 2004
Pro-Russian leader is slain in her home

MOSCOW Russian troops killed 19 separatists in a major operation in the southeast of Chechnya, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a leader of Russia's main pro-presidential party was fatally shot early Sunday in what law enforcement officials said was a contract killing linked to presidential elections next month.
The politician, Tamara Khadzhiyeva of United Russia, which supports President Vladimir Putin, was killed by masked gunmen at her home in Shali, southeast of the Chechen capital, Grozny, an official in the Moscow-backed government said on the condition of anonymity.
Three attackers broke into Khadzhiyeva's home about 3:30 a.m. and shot her, the ITAR-Tass news agency quoted Chechnya's chief prosecutor, Vladimir Kravchenko, as saying.
Kravchenko said it had been a contract killing 'no doubt linked' to preparations for Chechnya's election on Aug. 29 to replace the region's pro-Moscow president, Akhmad Kadyrov. Kadyrov was assassinated in a bombing in Grozny in May.
There was no claim of responsibility, and police named no suspects, although Kravchenko said the attackers may have been local residents. Separatist rebels in Chechnya oppose the region's Moscow-backed government and anyone who supports the Russian state and political system.
Thirteen rebels died in fighting over the weekend in a shootout in Nozhai-Yurt district about 50 kilometers, or 30 miles, southeast of the regional capital Grozny on Sunday, the spokesman, Ilya Shabalkin, told the agency.
Six rebels were killed in the same area on Saturday in a Russian commando raid on guerrilla hideouts, h"

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