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BESLAN PROBE COMMISSION GETS FILES OF AL-QAEDA EMISSARY

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 14 (RIA Novosti) - Members of the parliamentary commission probing into the Beslan tragedy, currently working in Vladikavkaz (the capital of North Ossetia, North Caucasus), have got hold of some files from the archive that belonged to Al-Qaeda emissary Abu-Dzeit killed in Ingushetia, Alexander Torshin, the chairman of the commission, has told RIA Novosti.

According to him, Nikolai Shepel, Russia's deputy prosecutor general, has confirmed that if any documents relating to the Beslan terrorist attack were found in the archive of Aslan Maskhadov, the Chechen warlord, they would be passed over to the commission.

Maskhadov was killed on March 8 in a special operation of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Tolstoy-Yurt. His personal archive was found in the underground bunker where he had been hiding.

International terrorist Abu Dzeit was killed in Ingushetia (a republic bordering on Chechnya) on February 16. According to Russia's FSB, he was involved in the militants' attack on Ingushetia and the terrorist attack on Beslan.

Abu Dzeit came from Kuwait and coordinated terrorist activities in the North Caucasus.

According to Col. Sergei Ignatchenko, a representative of the FSB's PR center, Abu Dzeit represented Al-Qaeda in Ingushetia and distributed funds coming from that terrorist organization.

The session of the parliamentary probe commission on Beslan is to be attended by Igor Ivanov, the secretary of Russia's Security Council, Mr. Torshin told RIA Novosti.

Last Thursday, the session of the commission gathered Nikolai Patrushev, the FSB director, and Rashid Nurgaliyev, the interior minister.

The hostage taking at school number one of Beslan on September 1, 2004 left 330 people dead, including 186 children.



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