Saudi Warlord Leads Russian Bombers

(London Sunday Times) Mark Franchetti - A Saudi Islamic militant based in Chechnya is suspected of being behind last Friday's bomb attack on the Moscow metro, which killed 39 people and wounded more than 130. Abu-al-Walid al-Ghamidi, 36, a follower of the Wahhabi sect that dominates worship in Saudi Arabia, has been identified by the FSB, the Russian intelligence service, as the commander of several hundred Arabs fighting alongside the rebels. He is thought to have been responsible for a wave of suicide bomb attacks that have killed more than 200 people in just over a year.

2004-02-09 00:00:00

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