A man allegedly involved in terrorist acts in Mineralniye Vody and Essentuki in March 2001, has been arrested in Karachayevo-Cherkessiya (a North Caucasian republic within Russia.) Khasan Mamchuyev aged 31, who lives in the Rimgorskoye village, has been an activist of the Jamaat extremist religious armed organisation since 1998. It is a part of the criminal organisation set up by Khattab, a Jordanian terrorist. Since April till January 1999, the detainee was doing a training course in Khattab's training centre in Urus-Martan (Chechnya) where he subsequently got an assault rifle and ammunition. As a member of illegal armed formations, Mamchuyev participated in seizure of Dagestani villages and attacked federal troops. Mamchuyev is charged by the North Caucasian Department of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office of armed rebellion, participation in illegal armed formations, illegal possession of weapons and membership in a criminal organisation. In the course of the investigation into the fatal explosions in Mineralniye Vody and Yessentuki on March 24 2001, 25 men were arrested and 10 are on the federal wanted list.
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