A boy of 13 was caught red-handed in a terror act in Chechnya's Urus Martan district centre. Khamza Alkhanov of a local secondary school was installing a powerful radio-controlled explosive device of three artillery cartridges and a mine in a district centre street where he lived, when a team of the district Security Service board, the police and the military commandant's men seized him. The boy was to blow up the device with a radio transmitter he had received from paramilitaries. The blast would be strong enough to destroy a greater part of the street and kill the young terrorist and a great many of his neighbours. The rebels had paid the boy 200 roubles (US$7) and given him a radioset to listen to pop tunes he loved.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia