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Forensic experts confirm that terrorist number one Shamil Basayev was indeed destroyed in an operation in Ingushetia last summer
Forensic experts confirm that terrorist number one Shamil Basayev was indeed destroyed in an operation in Ingushetia last summer, representatives of the Prosecutor General's Office said Wednesday citing results of DNA tests on fragments of the bodies of the militants destroyed in the republic's Nazran district. Basayev, the mastermind of the most horrible terrorist attacks in the history of the Russian Federation, was destroyed together with a dozen of his henchmen, including terrorist number two - Doku Umarov, in a complex multi-move operation by Russia's Federal Security Service. Police started the hunt for Basayev after his raid on Budennovsk. He was put on the international wanted list in 1999. He was later charged, in absentia, with having organized several bloody terrorist acts, including an attack on a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, the taking of hostages at Moscow's theatre, dwelling house explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk, and others. Basayev hijacked a Tupolev-154 passenger plane from Russia's Mineralnye Vody to Turkey in November 1991. In Turkey the hijackers surrendered to local authorities. The then Chechen president Dzhokhar Dudayev made Basayev the commander of his commandos after the incident. In 1994, Dudayev promoted him to the rank of "brigadier general". Basayev became a field commander of Chechen separatism after the deployment of federal troops in the republic. In June 1995, he led a raid on Budennovsk where he and his men took 1,500 people hostage in the local maternity house and held them for several days. One hundred and thirty peaceful people were killed. Russian authorities charged Basayev and his associates under five articles of the Criminal Code: banditry (Article 77), mass riots (Article 79), premeditated murder (Article 102), hostage taking (Article 126), and terrorism (Article 213). The Prosecutor General's Office issued an arrest warrant for Basayev and put him on the federal wanted list. In August 1999, Basayev and Jordanian-born warlord Khattab attacked several villages in Dagestan. In September 1999, Basayev was put on the international wanted list. Basayev was also involved in residential house explosions in Buinaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk in September 1999, when 316 people were killed and about 700 injured. In 2002, Basayev created a battalion of shakhids (the ones who die for faith, or martyrs), called Riyadus-Salikhin. In October 2002, terrorists from this organisation seized a theatre in Moscow. All of them were destroyed during the storming but 129 hostages died. Basayev was involved in the terrorist act on May 9, 2004 when Chechen President Akhmat Kadyrov was assassinated, as well as terrorist acts in Mozdok and Moscow, and Tupolev-134 and Tupoelv-154 passenger planes ion August 2004. In February 2005, the Prosecutor General's Office brought new charges against Basayev for having organized a series of terrorist acts, an armed attack in Ingushetia and Grozny in the summer of 2004, and hostage taking in Beslan, North Ossetia, in September 2004.
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