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Special Event

Millennium 2000: Grenades Fired Near Russian Embassy in Lebanon

Aired January 3, 2000 - 7:08 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Four rocket-propelled grenades were fired today near the Russian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. One person was killed in this incident and several others were injured.

The Russian embassy faces a police station, and it was not immediately clear which of the buildings was hit. No one has come out to claim responsibility as yet.

We are joined now by Mohalhel Fakih. He is with Future TV, and he is in Beirut this morning, on the telephone with us.

Mr. Fakih, can you tell us exactly what it is you have learned about what happened?

MOHALHEL FAKIH, FUTURE TV: Well, what we have for sure, what's confirmed so far, is that a Lebanese security officer has been killed, and one of the attackers has been killed, and the other has been captured by Lebanese army and security forces. And security sources have said the entire battle, if you want, this incident is over.

HARRIS: Have they identified what group is represented by these attackers?

FAKIH: No, not yet. And this comes at a time when northern Lebanon is witnessing some heavy battles between Islamic (ph) groups and Lebanese groups. But one woman was held hostage by an attacker here in Beirut that (UNINTELLIGIBLE) who kidnapped her as young, and saying he had only one thing in mind: a dream, and that is, to kill a Russian.

So, so far, there has been no official confirmation of what group could be behind this. No one has claimed responsibility.

HARRIS: Is it clear what the actual target was? Was the target the Russian embassy, or was it the police station?

FAKIH: At this point, no one can confirm what the target was, because the Russian embassy is denying it was the target of the attack, and the station was not the first to be targeted. The first rocket-propelled grenade was launched (UNINTELLIGIBLE) embassy that was (UNINTELLIGIBLE) on scene told us, and the security forces in the area on this (UNINTELLIGIBLE) attackers launched (UNINTELLIGIBLE) two or three grenades on teh police station. So, so far, it's been unclear.

HARRIS: All right. Mohalhel Fakih, we thank you very much. Mohalhel Fakih, from Future TV, reporting to us live from Beirut.

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