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Former Guantanamo Inmate Killed In Russia


http://gdb.rferl.org/41532184-db44-48fb-af90-653bc4346987_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/41532184-db44-48fb-af90-653bc4346987_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) June 27, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A Russian man formerly held at the U.S. detention camp for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay has been killed in a shootout with Federal Security Service (FSB) officers.


Local prosecutor-general Oleg Zharikov said Ruslan Odizhev was shot dead during a police raid against rebels in Nalchik, the capital of the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, in Russia's Caucasus.


Russian authorities say Odizhev was wanted for his alleged involvement in multiple attacks on police, army, and FSB facilities in Nalchik in October, 2005.


(RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service, with agency reports)

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Madrasah students in Khasavyurt, Daghestan (RFE/RL file photo)

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