Skip to comments.Arabs predominate in Beslan attack - Basayev hostage raid - FSB - Russian Attack funded by al Qaeda
Posted on 09/03/2004 2:30:37 PM PDT by tallhappy
United Press International
September 3, 2004 Friday 13:23 PM Eastern Time
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HEADLINE: Arabs predominate in Beslan attack
DATELINE: BESLAN, Russia, Sept. 3 (UPI)
BODY: The terrorists who killed more than 150 people and injured at least 456 in a southern Russian school include 10 Arabs, Itar-Tass reported Friday.
Aslambek Aslakhanov, an adviser to President Vladimir Putin, said the gunmen were of different nationalities, but 10 of them were from Arab countries and one was from an African nation.
They are suspected of gaining entrance into Beslan with a truck hijacked in the Mozdok region of North Ossetia last month.
In addition, Russian intelligence sources have identified Shamil Basayev as the attack's mastermind and Magomet Yevloyev as the field commander of the hostage crisis that began Wednesday.
They are believed to have been funded by Wahabist Muslim leader Abu Omar al-Seif, al-Qaida's liaison in Chechnya and the manager of the group's foreign funds.
September 3, 2004 Friday 11:11 AM Eastern Time
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HEADLINE: Basayev behind Beslan hostage raid - FSB
BODY: BESLAN /North Ossetia/, September 3 - According to preliminary information released by the Federal Security Service, Shamil Basayev masterminded the Beslan hostage raid, while field commander Magomet Yevloyev led it, representatives of secret services in the southern federal district told Itar-Tass.
Also, there is information that the mass hostage taking was funded by one of the ideologists of Wahhabism Abu Omar al-Seif, al Qaeda's liason in Chechnya and manager of foreign funds.
FSB agents claimed Magomet Yevloyev was the one who directly supervised the hostage taking. His call-sign was "Magas."
Suicide bombers for terrorist attacks in Russia and the North Caucasus are prepared by instructors from al Qaeda and other extremist organizations. "In a number of cases, suicide bombers are trained by Chechen instructors, but they, too, use al Qaeda methods," the FSB said.
It is known that Yevloyev is subordinate to Bassayev, and that he was responsible for planning, carrying out and funding terrorist attacks and acts of sabotage in Chechnya and Ingushetia.
A senior Ingush Interior Ministry official said Yevloyev was among the people close to the former president of "Ichkeria" Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, who, for his part, contributed to Magas' close acquaintance with Basayev and Khattab.
Law-enforcement bodies have information about Yevloyev's involvement in a number of acts of sabotage and terror, the militants' attack on Dagestan in the summer of 1999, and the kidnapping of people in Ingushetia with subsequent smuggling of the abducted to the notorious Wahhabis - the Akhamadov brothers.
Saudi is everyone's enemy. I'm more concerned with the mullah's nuclear inclinations. I'd like to see the Russian's (and the French) get out of the business of helping them.
Wahhabis were originally from Arabia (before there was ever a "Saudi" in charge.) Al-Wahab was an ex-Sufi Arabian who started a religious "reformation" in the late 18th century. His followers gradually achieved prominence in the Arabian peninsula largely because they were puritanical fanatics who were more than willing to kill everyone who opposed them & knock down their buildings as well. (The Arab wahhabis have been responsible for demolishing Turk, Sufi, and other Islamic buildings wherever they find them, starting with Arabia.)
Wahhabism has spread like a cancer all over the Arab world, and to non-Arabic Muslim countries as well. Arab wahhabis come highly financed with Arab oil money. They set up Islamic "schools" in countries like Pakistan, Bosnia, Indonesia (all Muslim, but *non*-Arab.) These schools are largely wahhabist indoctrination centers and terrorist recruitment stations. Because of this bribery and recruitment, there are many non-Arab wahhabis in the world now, although the pipeline of money and support flows directly from Saudi Arabia.
They also bring with them wahhabi customs, like the head-to-toe heavy veiling of women, even to people for whom that's not been a traditional custom. (Afghan women before the Taliban wore light sheer scarves over their head.)