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Saturday, April 10, 1999 Published at 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK

World: Europe

Chechen President escapes assassination attempt

Chechen security officials say President Aslan Maskhadov has escaped an assassination attempt in a village south of the capital, Grozny.

The Interfax news agency said one bomb was discovered near a hall where Mr Maskhadov was to give a speech, and was defused.

Another bomb was said to have been found and made safe along the route Mr Maskhadov was using to get to the village Stariy Atagy.

Mr Maskhadov, who faces opposition from some local leaders in Chechnya who accuse him of being too friendly with Moscow, escaped an assassination attempt three weeks ago. Mr Maskhadov was a separatist commander during Chechnya's war of independence from Russia which ended in 1996.

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