June 26, 2001 |
Russian authorities said Monday that their forces had killed a feared Chechen commander, the most senior rebel to be slain in the more than 20 months since military action resumed in the southern republic. The killing of Arbi Barayev was confirmed by the Chechen side. The Russians claimed that 17 other rebels died in the three-day operation, while the Chechens conceded 20 dead, including several commanders.
March 17, 2001 |
Saudi commandos burst through the doors and windows of a hijacked Russian jetliner Friday as it sat on the runway in the city of Medina, freeing more than 100 passengers in a dramatic assault that left three dead: a passenger, flight attendant and teenage terrorist. The two surviving hijackers were dragged from the plane, wrestled to the ground and handcuffed as frightened passengers stampeded down the stairs or climbed out onto the wing, their hands raised over their heads.
February 16, 2001 |
Clad in fatigues and a beret, the Chechen commander laughs, kicks one prostrate Russian soldier, waves a pistol in the air, then steps up to a kneeling soldier and shoots him in the head. Salautdin Temirbulatov, 41, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison Thursday on evidence created by his own men: an April 1996 videotape of him executing the soldier, Sergei Mitryayev.
November 26, 2000 |
Rebels killed seven Russian soldiers and wounded 10 in the breakaway republic of Chechnya, officials said Saturday, after Russian positions came under 25 attacks within a day. In Grozny, the Chechen capital, one soldier was killed and two were injured Friday when their armored personnel carrier hit a land mine, an official with Chechnya's pro-Moscow administration said.
September 18, 2000 |
As awkwardly as a newborn foal struggling on spindly legs, Lena Meshcheryakova is learning how to curl her lips up at the corners to make a smile. Drifting just beneath the surface of her 5-year-old world are the memories of a darker place: the cellar in Chechnya where she was held prisoner by kidnappers for nine months. When she was freed at age 3, she had forgotten how to smile. She could barely even speak. But she knew how to pray like the devout Muslim Chechen men who had imprisoned her.
September 17, 2000 |
Four Russian soldiers were killed when rebel fighters ambushed a military unit in central Chechnya in the second attack on a convoy in two days, an official said Saturday. The convoy was fired upon Friday while moving through the Vedeno Gorge, a region that has seen heavy rebel activity since the start of the war in the separatist republic, according to an official with the pro-Russian civilian government in Chechnya.