Qatar Bombers "Were Russian Special Forces"

(London Times) Michael Binyon and Jeremy Page - Two Russians held in Qatar in connection with the bombing that killed exiled Chechen ex-president Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev last month have confessed that they are members of Russia's special security forces. Under interrogation, the men also told the Qataris that the bomb they used was sent from Moscow by diplomatic pouch into Saudi Arabia. Qatar has promised to put the two men on trial, but has come under enormous pressure from Russia to release them instead. The Kremlin is understood to have threatened to send special forces to free the men from prison and take them back to Russia. Pressure on Qatar has also been increased by the arrest of two Qatari citizens in Russia.

2004-03-12 00:00:00

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