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EGYPTIAN EXPERT: ISLAMBOULI BRIGADES MUST BE CHECHEN SEPARATISTS' AL-QAEDA CONNECTED ORGANIZATION
CAIRO, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - Islambouli Brigades, until recently an almost unknown group, that has assumed responsibility for blowing up two Russian airliners and the suicide bombing off Moscow metro station, is probably an Al Qaeda-related organization of Chechen separatists, said Ahmed As-Subaimi, head of the Al Makrizi Islamic Center in London.
This name of this group first appeared in news headlines on July 31 2004, when assassination of Shaukat Aziz, a candidate for Pakistani Prime Minister's post was attempted. The terrorists named their organization after Egyptian lieutenant Khaled El-Islambouli, who masterminded the assassination of President Anwar Sadat on October 6, 1981 and was executed together with a group of plotters. But, Egyptian terrorism experts say, this does not mean Egyptians or Arabs were in the group.
Ahmed As-Subayi says minor terrorist organizations from Chechnya, the Balkans or Southeast Asia often name themselves after a famous shahid and as often they change their names to baffle special services hunting on them.
So far, there is only scarce information about the "Islamboulists." Some experts say they are headed by Mohammed Islambouli, Khaled's younger brother. What is known about him is that when a young man he went in 1982 to Pakistan to recruit fighters for the Afghan war. In the recent past, he was a leader of Egyptian extremist Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyah group. Currently he may be hiding in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iran. He used to know Osama bin Ladin, Al-Qaeda boss well. Reportedly, he visited Chechnya in 2001.
Originally posted by SE7EN
read the bbc story on the drug that was used there more to it than just that its well worth the read belive me.
also read all the related links
Originally posted by chaosrain
It seems that if this is the work of Chechynian (sp) rebels, and if the downed airliners were also handled by the same group that the rebels are seeking to make Russians uncomfortable in every aspect of their lives.
Though I do not condone it, as far as engaging in a campaign designed to achieve objectives, this is the way to do it. Frankly, I'm suprised that a similar multi-pronged seige has not been levied against the US.
Rebels threaten to kill Russian school children
Russian authorities say they are negotiating with terrorists who have seized a school and taken hundreds of students and parents hostage in the southern region of north Ossetia.
The rebel gunmen and women have threatened to kill 50 students for every one of their members killed by security forces, which have surrounded the school in the town of Beslan.
Many students are among the hostages but the gang is thought to have allowed 15 children to leave.
Pupils have reportedly been lined up against the windows to prevent an assault by security services, says the BBC's Moscow correspondent Damian Grammaticas.
Originally posted by Gryffen
well...since u have such a blatant and uncaring attitude to those hostages and the whole situation...how about gettin off ur cloud...throwing down ur makeshift harp and making a worthwhile contribution to this thread with ur own thoughts?
or is the horse that high u cant get down?
Originally posted by raven2012
not to be making light of this devastating situation, but say things didn't turn out well and the hostages are killed, could this be the cataclysmic event that steers russia towards finally joining the eu/nato...?
The Itar-Tass news agency said the attackers were demanding the release of Chechen fighters seized in neighbouring Ingushetia in June during a huge rebel raid.
Media reports said the demand was made in a video cassette handed to a negotiator.