Chechen rebel Web site confirms death of leader Shamil Basayev
FBS chief Nikolai Patrushev told President Valdimir Putin Monday, July 10, he and other Chechen fighters had been killed overnight in a special forces operation in Ingushetia, next-door to Chechnya. Patrushev reported the Chechen rebels had planned an attack during the G-8 summit later this week in St. Petersburg.
Basayev, 41, claimed some of Russia’s most atrocious terrorist attacks, including the 2002 Moscow theater siege of some 800 hostages, the 2004 school hostage outrage that killed 331 – more than half of them children, and the seizure of 1,000 hostages at a hospital in Budyonnovsk that left 100 people dead. Patrushev reported to Putin that the Chechen rebels had planned an attack during the G-8 summit later this week in St. Petersburg. Putin said Basayev’s killing was “deserved retribution” for his crimes in Beslan and Budyonnovsk.
The Chechen rebel website confirmed the death of Basayev and three Muhahideen, claiming they died when a truck loaded with explosives blew up in the village of Ekazhevo, Ingushetia.