WASHINGTON — Four Russian servicemen were killed while on an engineering assignment in the violent Russian region of Chechnya. Seven others were wounded in the attack, which was when their infantry combat vehicle hit a bomb.
Reuters reported that the Russian soldiers were southeast of the capital city of Grozny, in the village called Yandi.
Chechnya, in addition to other pro-Islamist regions of Dagestan and Ingushetia, is a source of anti-Russian resentment. Their proximity to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, worried Olympics organizers and participants.
This is not the first nor the last time that violence has struck the region, with a history of battles and attacks between the Russian military and Chechen militants over the years. Islamist separatists in the three contentious regions have conducted several suicide bombings in their fight against Russia.