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Chechnya: Rebels Attack FSB's Grozny Headquarters

Moscow, 1 January 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says rebels attacked the agency's headquarters in the Chechen capital Grozny early today with grenades and automatic weapons. The FSB said there were no injuries.

The ITAR-TASS news agency, citing the FSB in Grozny, said there were other shooting incidents in Chechnya overnight, but gave no details.

The FSB, a successor to the Soviet-era KGB, directs the two-year-long war in Chechnya that Russia calls an antiterrorist operation. Russian officials have said repeatedly that they control Grozny, and that the rebels are on the verge of defeat.

Also today, Russian forces fought for a fourth day with rebels in the village of Tsotsin-Yurt, about 25 kilometers southeast of Grozny.