2 wounded by gunman near Russia security agency headquarters

Russian police officers secure the area near the building of the Federal Security Service (FSB, Soviet KGB successor) in the background in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Russia's main security agency says shots have been fired near its headquarters in downtown Moscow. (AP Photo/Ilya Varlamov)

Russian officials say that at least two officers of the nation's main security agency have been badly wounded by a gunman who fired shots near its headquarters in downtown Moscow

MOSCOW — At least two officers of Russia's main domestic security agency were badly wounded Thursday when an unidentified gunman opened fire near its headquarters in downtown Moscow, officials said,

The agency, the Federal Security Service but better known as the FSB, says the shooter in the Thursday incident has been “neutralized" — a term usually used by Russian officials when an assailant is killed.

The agency, which is the main successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, wouldn't give further details or comment on the attacker's motives.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he had been informed of the shooting that came shortly after the Russian leader's annual news conference.

At about the same time when the shooting happened, Putin made a speech at a Kremlin concert specifically for FSB and other Russian security personnel.

The FSB said the shooting occurred at a building directly behind its headquarters on Lubyanka Square.

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