Five Russian servicemen were injured in skirmishes and an explosion over the past 24 hours. According to the law-enforcement bodies of the Chechen Republic, a total of four shells from automatic weapons and grenade launchers and an explosion had been registered by 6 AM, Moscow time. An engineer patrol of Russian security forces was fired at last morning, while conducting engineer reconnaissance. As a result, two servicemen were injured. Three other soldiers were injured in a rocket explosion, while conducting engineer reconnaissance on the outskirts of the Shuani village. In addition, checkpoints in the towns of Argun and Belgatoi (Shali district) were shelled, but no injuries reported. Russian military returned fire in all cases.