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Ex-Policeman Took Part in Beslan School Siege — Paper
A former policeman from Ingushetia, a Russian internal republic bordering Chechnya, took part in the attack on the school in the south Russian town of Beslan, the Vremya Novostei newspaper wrote Wednesday.
Bashir Pliyev also reportedly helped prepare a series of coordinated attacks on Ingush police and security services in June. The paper quoted Ingushetia’s interior minister Bislan Khamkhoyev as saying that Pliyev had driven Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev and his aide Doku Umarov into Ingushetia where they met Arab terrorist Abu Kuteib.
“Many employees knew him personally and allowed his car to travel freely,” Khamkhoyev said.
Ingushetia’s security forces confirmed Pliyev’s role in the June attacks in August but he was tipped off about their plans to arrest him and escaped.
90 people were killed in the coordinated raid on Ingushetia in June.
Pliyev’s body was found among the attackers who were killed in the school seizure in Beslan, the paper wrote, citing investigators who identified him using fingerprints. Khamkhoyev, however, said Pliyev had not been in Beslan and he said the fugitive was in Chechnya.
Over 330 people were killed after the school siege and assault by the Russian troops on September 1-3.
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