September 10, 2004

Russia targets top Chechen rebels

Russia has offered 300m roubles ($10m) for information leading to the arrest of Chechen rebel leaders Shamil Basayev and Aslan Maskhadov.
Security services want any information that could help to “neutralise” the two following the Beslan school siege. {{more}}
The regional government in North Ossetia is resigning, the republic’s president, Alexander Dzasokhov, told angry protesters.
He said officials guilty of failings would be punished.
Repeatedly interrupted by calls of “Resign! Resign!” he said that he too was considering his position.
Tempers also continued to run high in Beslan itself, with more anti-government demonstrations, and more funerals for those killed in the siege.
“If he comes near me I will kill him,” said Izeta Khugayeva, who lost her sister and niece in the siege.