December 1, 2001 |
Russian forces captured a top aide to a prominent Chechen rebel leader, President Vladimir V. Putin said Friday. Abu Sayah, an aide to the Arab warlord who goes by the name Khattab, was seized during a special operation early Friday, Putin said.
August 30, 2001 |
A military convoy rolling past an abandoned car, a sudden blast and at least nine people killed in the explosion and a hail of bullets offered the latest reminder Wednesday of how difficult Russia's quest to impose control over Chechnya has become. The explosion of the booby-trapped car and the ambush that followed in the Chechen village of Oktyabrskoye, reported Wednesday by military officials, was one of the bloodiest incidents in weeks.
August 26, 2001 |
A bomb tore through a market in the Chechen city of Gudermes on Saturday, killing three people, including a 10-year-old boy, and wounding 11, military officials said. The motive was not immediately clear, but the target probably was the nearby base of a Russian elite police force, officials said. All of the victims were civilians, and among the wounded were eight women who had gone to the market to buy supplies, officials said, according to the Interfax news agency.
August 4, 2001 |
Chechen rebels ambushed and killed 10 policemen while they were investigating the kidnap and slaying of two colleagues, a spokesman for Russia's Interior Ministry said. Two other policemen were injured. The Interfax news agency said rebels attacked a seven-car police convoy close to the village of Poraboch, Chechnya, sparking a gun battle that lasted about two hours. The police, all local Chechens, were investigating the deaths of a police chief and his policeman son.
July 14, 2001 |
A Russian prosecutor confirmed some allegations by Chechen residents, saying that at least 10 civilians were injured by troops who went on a rampage during security sweeps of their villages. "The facts of bodily harm were legally established. There are testimonies, the beatings have been certified by medical experts, and protocols have been composed," said Chechnya's chief civilian prosecutor, Viktor Dakhnov.
July 10, 2001 |
The Kremlin's handpicked leader of Chechnya hinted Monday that he will resign unless military officials responsible for a new wave of violence against civilians are brought to justice. It was the strongest statement to date by Akhmad Kadyrov, a Muslim cleric appointed by Moscow a year ago to lead Chechnya's temporary government. And it came as reports of torture and other abuses by Russian troops continued to mount.