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Chechens accuse Russian secret services of assassination attempt on their chief-of-staff

Chechen rebels accused Russian secret services of being behind an assassination attempt on their chief-of-staff and top military negotiator, Aslan Maskhadov, whose car came under fire on Monday. Mr Maskhadov was not hurt, but one of his bodyguards was wounded.

The chief rebel spokesman, Movladi Udugov, said the body of one of the attackers was that of a Chechen man known as an "active collaborator with the Federal Security Service". Reuter - Grozny