ad info
   middle east

 custom news
 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 CNN programs
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

CNN Websites
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines

 message boards





World - Europe

Report: Police detain suspects in embassy shooting

This video shown on Russia's NTV shows the gunman stepping out of a white jeep with a grenade launcher  

March 28, 1999
Web posted at: 5:20 p.m. EST (2220 GMT)

MOSCOW (CNN) -- Russian police have detained three men in connection with a shooting Sunday at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, NTV and Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Police did not confirm that any suspects were in custody.

A State Department official confirmed there was an "incident" at the U.S. Embassy in Russia Sunday but could not comment further, adding, "at this time we are gathering information and investigating."

There were no injuries, the official said.

Film shown on NTV television showed a man stepping out of a white jeep with a grenade launcher. After trying to fire the weapon at the embassy and failing, the man threw it to the ground. A policeman opened fire, and someone inside the vehicle answered with automatic rifle fire.

embassy and bullet holes
Bullets pierced the outside of the U.S. Embassy  

Two grenade launchers were found outside the building. Police covered them with bullet-proof jackets.

Police chased the jeep on foot after the shooting, but it escaped.

According to wire reports, the jeep was a police vehicle that had been hijacked by three men earlier. Interfax said the vehicle was later found abandoned.

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered at the U.S. Embassy for the past four days, protesting NATO's bombing campaign in Yugoslavia. The protesters, mostly skinheads and gang members, have hurled bottles and rocks at the building. Police have made numerous arrests.

Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty and Reuters contributed to this report.

Thousands of ethnic Albanians said to be fleeing Kosovo
March 28, 1999
5th day of NATO strikes begins; ethnic Albanians flee Kosovo
March 28, 1999
Clinton: NATO must keep up air campaign
March 28, 1999
NATO investigating crash of U.S. warplane in Yugoslavia
March 28, 1999
Anti-NATO protests in Australia, Austria, Russia
March 28, 1999

  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from

  • F-117s arrive at Aviano to support possible NATO operations
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis

  • Interfax: News on Russia
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.

Enter keyword(s)   go    help

Back to the top   © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.