GROZNY, April 22 (RIA Novosti) - Three servicemen
died in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya after
their vehicle came under fire, a police source said on
The attack occurred on Tuesday in southern Chechnya's
Achkhoi-Martan region. A police official said a search was
underway for the assailants.
The counter-terrorism operation in Chechnya was officially
concluded on April 16, almost ten years after its inception.
The Russian government's decision to end the operation will
entail the withdrawal of tens of thousands of troops from the
Russian military officials said earlier this week that
militant activity in Chechnya had sharply increased since the
announcement, and that militants were organizing a network of
bases. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has dismissed the