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A soldier was killed and two others injured when gunmen opened
A soldier was killed and two others injured when gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons on their vehicle near the capital of the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, a health official said on Thursday.

According to the source, the soldiers, members of the Defense Ministry's Zapad (West) battalion, were traveling in a Mitsubishi vehicle when the shots were fired at around 10:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

As a result of the shooting, one soldier died, while the unit commander and another serviceman were injured.

In a separate incident in neighboring Daghestan's capital, five police officers were injured after gunmen opened fire on their police post overnight.

The shooting follows the death of four soldiers who were killed as they traveled in an army vehicle in the south Russian Republic of Ingushetia earlier this week.

Daghestan and Ingushetia, which both border Chechnya, have seen a sharp increase in attacks on law enforcement and military personnel during the first eight months of 2008.


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