Nine Chechen fighters have been killed and 15 wounded in a fighting against federal forces in Argun, reports the united press-centre of the FSB, defence and interior ministries. As a Russian reconnaissance unit, performing an assignment in the railway station Argun at 10:00 p.m. Thursday, bumped into a Chechen fighter group, two of the latter were killed while the rest took up an all-round defence position. As a result of the fighting which continued until 06:30 a.m. Friday, seven fighters were killed and 15 wounded. Three automatic explosive devices, 25 electrical detonators and a radio station were discovered on the bodies of the dead. Federal casualties have not been reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia