Chechen leader captures town

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The Independent Online
URUS-MARTAN - At least 25 people were killed when forces loyal to Dzhokhar Dudayev, the separatist president of Russia's Chechen republic, seized a rebel base south of the capital, Grozny.

Interfax news agency said 30 tanks and armoured vehicles with 2,000 fighters seized the town of Urus- Martan, where the opposition had concentrated most of its forces to attack Grozny. Its fall is a setback for the rebels, whose efforts to unseat Mr Dudayev are tacitly supported by Moscow. Reuter