Foreign newspapers speak of “freedom fighters”, “separatists”, “guerrillas” and “extremists” when referring to the Chechen terrorists, bandits who have had contact with Osama Bin Laden and who count heavily on the support of Albanian, Afghan and Arab mercenaries. Perversely, maybe now will the outside world understand that this is a question of international terrorism, as Moscow has been saying for three years, not separatism. These terrorists are holding around 700 hostages, including Russians, 30 Ukrainians, 2 Germans, 1 Azerbaijani, 4 US citizens, 2 UK citizens, 3 Georgians, 3 Latvians, 3 Turks, 2 Australians, 2 Bulgarians, 1 Qatari, 2 Swiss, 2 Dutch, 1 Armenian, 1 Canadian and 1 Moldavian. There are other foreigners in the group of hostages who have not yet been identified.
This is not the first time that a group of Chechen terrorists have taken hostages, claiming to be Kamikazis, only to allow their hostages to go free after having guaranteed free passage, a situation which has already taken place three times in the last ten years.
This time however, the fact that the orchestra pit is being used as an open latrine, would indicate that the terrorists do not intend to stay in the building for a long time. Indeed, they have already indicated that they will start murdering their hostages in 6 hours’ time.
Tension rises, many options are open still. What is noticeable is that more and more foreign news services are referring to these bandits as “terrorists” and not “extremists”.
Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY PRAVDA.Ru
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