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Posted: 9/3/2004 3:55:11 PM EDT
We know arabs were present. Looks like they may have funded it too...


Al-Qaeda may have financed Russia school raid


Moscow, September 3: The mass hostage-taking at a Russian school was led by
a senior Chechen rebel commander and possibly financed by al-Qaeda,
Itar-Tass news agency quoted sources in the regional security service as
The sources said that according to early information, Chechen commander
Magomet Yevloyev led the seizure of hundreds of children and adults in the
school in the province of North Ossetia which ended in bloodshed on Friday.

They said the operation had been planned by Shamil Basayev, Russia's most
wanted Chechen rebel, who has been behind several major attacks outside

Russian officials say rebels fighting for the region's independence from
Moscow are under strong influence from Wahhabism, a strict form of Sunni

Wahhabism, the only permitted form of Islam in Saudi Arabia, is banned in
Russia. "Apart from that, there is information that the hostage seizure was
financed by one of the ideologists of Wahhabism, Abu Omar As-Seyf, who is al
Qaeda's representative in Chechnya," one source was quoted as saying.

Russian officials have suggested that other recent attacks in Russia, blamed
on Chechen separatists, may also have been linked to al Qaeda.

Link Posted: 9/3/2004 3:59:13 PM EDT
Doesn't surprise me much... Those bastards just want to attack someone just to attack someone.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 4:21:23 PM EDT
NTV Russia via CSPAN just confirmed 'arab' (and possibly AQ) organization is suspected in previous bombings in Grozny as well as today's school massacre. Imagine that.

Also confirmed only 3 attackers 'survived'.

And showed a bio of a 12 year old girl who was in the school and interviewed her parents. Gut wrenching.
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