- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 6, 2003

WARSAW, Poland, March 6 (UPI) — Two terror suspects opened with machine guns and grenades Thursday, killing one officer and wounding 15 other members of an anti-terror unit trying to arrest the suspects in a suburb of Warsaw, police said.

Police, acting on a tip, sent an anti-terrorist squad had surrounded a house in which two suspects were believed to be holed up. The suspects, including a former KGB operative, hurled grenades and homemade bombs. They also attacked with bursts of machine-gun fire.

One officer was killed instantly while 15 others injured in the shootout have been admitted to a hospital in Warsaw.

Police said that a former Belarussian KGB agent was believed to be hiding in the house after shifting from his previous hideout somewhere in eastern Germany. He is wanted on an international arrest warrant. The agent and another man are believed to be responsible for the killing of a policeman earlier.

Police searched the house at the end of a 12-hour standoff. They found the bodies of two of the suspects in the attic of the house, but it was unknown how many were involved in the attack.

Warsaw Police chief Ryszard Siwierski said that it was the first time police had come under such an attack.

"It was like war," he said.

"Poland will not give in to bandit terrorism," Prime Minister Leszek Miller said before visiting the injured officers in the hospital. "This is yet another battle in our war against bandits."

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