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Participant of attack on Russia’s Budyonnovsk detained near Moscow — FSB

October 06, 2015, 12:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On June 14, 1995, a group of 195 armed gunmen entered Budyonnovsk and attacked a local police station, administrative and residential buildings
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MOSCOW, October 6. /TASS/. A participant of the 1995 attack on Budyonnovsk, in southern Russia, carried out by a gang of Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, has been detained in the Moscow region, the Federal Security Service said on Tuesday.

Russian citizen Daudov, in his 40s, was detained on Monday by the FSB officers in the Istrinsky district of the Moscow region. Investigation is ongoing, the press service said.

On June 14, 1995, a group of 195 armed gunmen led by Basayev crossed the border between Chechnya and the southern Russian Stavropol Territory in a column of trucks. The gunman entered Budyonnovsk and attacked a local police station, administrative and residential buildings.

On the city central square, the gunmen herded civilians into a central hospital in Budyonnovsk. They took hostage more than 1,500 people, including the patients and hospital staff.

The gunmen issued an ultimatum threatening to kill the hostages. The demands were that the Russian authorities stop disarming illegal armed groups in Chechnya and withdraw federal forces deployed to the North Caucasus republic in December 1994.

A total of 147 people were killed and around 500 others were wounded in the six-day hospital siege.

Russia’s Investigative Committee official spokesman Vladimir Markin said 26 people were charged in connection with the case. A search for another 22 people is ongoing. Terrorist leader Basayev was eventually killed by Russia’s FSB in a secret operation in 2006.

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