All nine persons, who had been detained in connection with the March 24 explosions in Mineralnye Vody and Yessentuki, are members of an armed group that comprises religious Wahhabi extremists; meanwhile criminal proceedings have already been instituted against them. (Both cities are located in the North Caucasus -- Ed.) This was disclosed here today by the North Caucasus division of the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office. According to that division, investigators have received evidence to the effect that all nine men had prepared for terrorist acts on orders from Chechen bandit leaders; they were ordered to commit such acts of terrorism in some populated locality on the territory of the Karachai-Circassian republic, which ranks among other North Caucasus republics. The nine persons had been trained at Chechen bandit camps well in advance; quite possibly, they were motivated by a desire to earn more dollars, rather than by those militant Wahhabi ideas, officials at the above-mentioned North Caucasus division stressed. Video-taped interrogations show that all men had taken part in combat operations against the federal combined-army group on Chechen territory.
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