Basayev Claims Responsibility for Nalchik Raids
According to Russia’s Defence Minister, Sergei Ivanov, militants posing as civilians had launched their attack from inside the city.
This is in contrast to past operations like last year’s attack on a school in Beslan, when fighters arrived in lorries.
In his statement on the Kavkaz Center website, which was couched in Islamic terms, Shamil Basayev said that 217 “mujahideen” had attacked Nalchik, targeting police stations and military installations as well as the airport.
“I had general, operational command,” he said, adding that the attack was led on the ground by a commander codenamed Seyfullakh from the Caucasus Front – one of six “fronts” designated by Chechen rebels for fighting Russia.
Basayev, who claimed the attack on the Beslan school last year as well as a string of other deadly raids, said the Nalchik operation had been a “great success because our dead are in Paradise and theirs in Hell”.
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