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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Russia Stops Chemical Suicide Bomber Truck

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany. There will be celebrations and memorials held all over the world. Russia is no exeption.

In the past 2 years, Russia has suffered terrorist attacks on this day. That is why the security level is high. During one of their security watches, they discovered an abanded truck.
...discovering a truck packed with more than a ton of explosives and a cache of poisons allegedly intended for chemical attacks.

"The truck was fully prepared for a blast, the only thing left to do was to put a suicide-bomber behind the wheel and turn on the electric detonator," Shabalkin was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
This chemical is not indiginous to the area. It is not produced in any of the neighboring areas, therefore they believe it came from an Arab state.
A cache containing a cyanide-based substance was discovered during combat in an unnamed settlement on the Chechen-Ingush border, said a statement from the Federal Security Service's press service. The components, which are not produced in Russia or elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, were brought in from abroad — possibly an Arab state, the service said.

"Experts have concluded that the application of these strong-acting poisons in minimal doses in crowded places, in vital enterprises and water reservoirs could produce numerous victims," the security service said.

It said less than an ounce of the poison could kill about 100 people.
It appears that, if Russian intelligence (stop laughing) is correct, there is another branch of al Qaeda growing next to Chechnya.
The attack was to have been carried out by the so-called Amanat (Silence) jamaat, a group of adherents to the extremist Wahhabi branch of Islam, the security service said.
Here is the tie to al Qaeda:
The security service said a militant group operating in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya, was involved in the planned chemical attacks. The main organizer was a Jordanian named Abu Majahid, who arrived in Chechnya in 1992 and served as an emissary of al-Qaeda, it said.
I wonder how long it will take before the rest of the world realizes that this is not just a USA conflict (war), but it is a world war. I hope they wake up soon, and stop running away and trying to hide like Spain did.

Story from USA Today.