In compliance with the decision of US president George Bush the American administration froze on Thursday the financial assets of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) armed extremist Islamic organisation which is a branch of the Pakistan-based religious organisation Markaz-ul-Dawa-val-Irshad (MDI) This information was provided by the White House press service, according to which the LET maintains ties with religious and para-military groupings throughout the world, from the Philippines and Middle East to Chechnya. Professor Hafiz Muhammed Sayed heads both organisations. The press service reported that since 1993 the LET has been conducting active operations against Indian servicemen in the Kashmir state and is suspected of organising eight attacks last August as a result of which 100 people died, especially Indians. The LET has several hundred militants armed with automatic small arms, light and heavy machine-guns, mine launchers, explosives and grenade throwers, the White House reports.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building