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    MOSCOW, February 24, 2004. (RIA Novosti.) Khamzat Tazabayev destroyed in the course of a special operation in Ingushetia (a republic in the North Caucasus neighboring on Chechnya) was the organizer of terrorist acts in Moscow and Mozdok involving suicide bombers. RIA Novosti was told about this on Tuesday in the Public Relations Center of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia.

    According to the FSB data Tazabayev was engaged in elaborating and staging subversive acts. The blasting of a bus in Mozdok (North Ossetia - a North Caucasian republic within Russia) and the explosions at the rock-concert in Tushino and in the Tverskaya street in Moscow were prepared and staged with his participation, the FSB spokesman said.

    Moreover, the destroyed militant was a crony of notorious warlord Shamil Basayev.

    As RIA Novosti was told in the Regional operative headquarters in charge of the anti-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus, Tazabayev and his three aides were destryoed while attempting to put up armed resistance. The pin point special operation was conducted by the forces of the FSB Directorate for the Republic of Ingushetia in the Ali-Yurt village of the Nazran district.

    According to the headquarters' information Tazabayev's gang operated in Grozny. The gang's ringleader was known as the so-called amir of Grozny. He had the nicknames of Khamzat, Edik and Abu Sabur. His gang took part in organizing and carrying out a number of terrorist acts with the involvement of suicide bombers and heavy trucks stuffed with explosives.

    Of late Tazabayev's gang was staging blasts on the instructions of Aslan Maskhadov, the headquarters reported.

    The headquarters' spokesman said that law enforcement officers more than once tried to apprehend the militant. During one of the special operations Tazabayev was wounded in the arm but managed to flee.

    The law enforcement officers found several caches where Tazabayev kept arms, more than 150,000 dollars, several Russian passports and two Turkish passports as well as his photos kept for pasting them to these passports.

    All this indicated that Tazabayev was preparing to flee abroad. Depriving militants of their share he saved up money, planned to change his name and escape probably to Turkey or any other Arab state, the headquarters spokesman said.

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