GROZNY, March 6 (RFE/RL) - Fresh attacks by
Chechen rebels on Russian army posts are reported in the Chechen
capital Grozny today.
Itar Tass news agency quotes the Russian Military Commander in
Chechnya, Vyacheslav Tikhomirov, as saying the new attacks on four
army posts came at noon local time. It followed earlier fighting, the
heaviest in several months, in the city centre near the rubble of the
presidential palace, demolished by Russian troops last month.
An AFP reporter in Grozny says the rebels now control one of the
city's main thoroughfares.
Automatic gunfire, heavy machinegun and mortar fire were heard this
morning in the Staropromyslovsky and Zavodskoi districts. Most of the
city's oil processing facilities are located in these two districts.
Russian television quoted a Russian Interior Ministry official in
Chechnya as saying that the separatists had abducted five members of
the pro-Moscow Chechen police.
The fighting comes a day before Russian President Boris Yeltsin is
to chair a meeting of his security council to discuss a peace plan
for the region.