According to the sources in the Federal Security Services shamil Basaev may be killed in Kabardino-Balkaria, Chechenskoe Obschestvo reports. The information will remain undisclosed until the end of the operation. The sources presume that the terrorists were planning to take hold of Nalchik airport in order to hijack the plane that they wanted to stuff with explosives and to send it to Moscow.
Military aircrafts are equipped with the “friend or foe” identifying system and can pass the blocking systems without any obstacles, FSS sources report.
However, the airport attack was not successful. The group of militants headed by Basaev was blocked. In order to distract the military forces another large group of militants initiated an attack on several security agencies buildings in Nalchik, Chechenskoe Obschestvo reports
However, Russian Ministry of Defense does not have the information about participation of Shamil Basaev in Nalchik attack.
“I do not have the information proving that Basaev is there,” the head of the Russian Joint Staff Yuri Baluev said in a statement to journalists on Thursday.
He added that according to the developments it can be assumed that one of the reasons for the attacks was to attract the public attention in Russia and abroad, Interfax reports. A.M.