6 killed in Chechnya clashes amid upsurge of violence


June 29, 2008

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia: Two separate militant attacks in Russia's Chechnya region killed three police officers and three civilians, a law enforcement official said Sunday.

A fourth officer was seriously wounded in one of the attacks, the latest in a moderate upsurge in the violence clouding the predominantly Muslim province's recovery from two devastating wars, the official said........

Major fighting died down years ago in Chechnya, the site of two wars since 1994 pitting separatist rebels against government forces.

The province is being rebuilt under Kremlin-backed strongman Ruslan Kadyrov, the regional president whose methods of establishing order and neutralizing opposition have prompted allegations of human rights violations. An unknown number of rebels are still active, many of them based in the mountainous south, and the region remains plagued by violence.