Masterminds Of Moscow, Volgodonsk Apartment Building Blasts Got $2m From Abroad

A clandestine Wahhabi guerrilla network uncovered in Karachayevo-Cherkessia, a Russian republic in the North Caucasus, received $2 million from international terrorism centers for its role in deadly explosions of apartment buildings in Moscow and Volgodonsk in late 1999, one of the militants of the group, identified as Khyzir Salpagarov, said in remarks aired in a film made by the FSB headquarters in the North Caucasus and shown by local television in Stavropol, Southern Russia. The man was arrested in March 2000 after deadly bomb blasts in Mineralnye Vody and the Karachayevo-Cherkessian town of Adyge-Hable in the same region. The film showed Salpagarov confirming that Achemez Gochiyayev, who comes from the same region is wanted by the federal government internationally, was the leader of the group. Salpagarov said all the younger members of the group had taken special training in militant camps in Chechnya and had fought in illegal armed formations there. 23 members of the network have been arrested in connection with the enquiry.

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