Firing at the headquarters of Russia's main security agency FSB

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The headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has opened fire.

 According to Russian media, at least one person has died in this incident and five people have been injured.

According to the news agency Interfax, the gunman firing an automatic weapon inside the building has died from an officer's bullet.

Security forces have laid siege to the area and asked the people around to go inside the buildings.

The incident comes just hours after President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference.

The FSB is the main security agency of Russia. So far, detailed information has not been found about this incident.

Earlier, the FSB had misreported the reports that its headquarters were attacked by three gunmen.

According to unconfirmed reports, two gunmen died in the lobby outside, while the third escaped and hid in a nearby building where he died in an encounter with police.

Russia's Health Ministry has informed the media that two officials have been seriously injured. Soon after, the Intelligence Agency has confirmed the death of one of its officers.

However, it is not yet clear whether the officer who died is one or two of the officers who were reported injured.

Russian investigators have started an investigation by registering a case of attempted murder of officers.

It is being investigated whether this incident has anything to do with President Putin's four-year annual press conference held in the evening.

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Security forces and police personnel are present around the two major FSB buildings in central Moscow. They have laid siege to the whole area.

Vladimir Adayasov, an eyewitness of the incident, told the BBC that he was near the FSB building in Lubyanka Square when he heard the sound of firing.

At first he felt that someone had fired firecrackers but soon realized that it was the sounds of firing. After this, the police was ordering people to vacate the area.

The attack occurred on the day when the Security Services Day was being observed in Russia. This day was a holiday for security staff. On this occasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin also addressed a meeting.

In an event just a short distance away on the spot, he said, "We don't have to reduce the seriousness of our work." Above all, we have to fight against terrorism.

In some videos posted on social media, the sounds of firing bullets can be heard while in some videos armed security personnel are seen running towards Lubyanka Square.

"I saw a traffic policeman running on the street and hiding behind vehicles," an eyewitness told Reuters.