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Russia Detains Suspect In Budennovsk Raid

Basaev in Budennovsk in 1995 (file photo) 9 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Russia says it has detained a suspect in the deadly 1995 hospital hostage-taking by Chechen militants in the southern town of Budennovsk.

Spokesman Roman Shchekotin for the regional Interior Ministry told The Associated Press that the suspect -- who was not identified -- was taken into custody in eastern Chechnya. He did not elaborate.

Radical Chechen field commander Shamil Basaev's raid on the hospital saw 200 heavily armed fighters hold hundreds of doctors and patients hostage for nearly three days. Russian forces then unsuccessfully stormed the building, and Basaev and his men escaped back into Chechnya.

Nearly 150 civilians, military personnel, and police died in the incident.

To date, only 20 of the assailants who participated in the 1995 attack have been put on trial and have received long prison sentences. Russian authorities say that about 30 attackers have since been killed in fighting with Russian troops.

Most of the gunmen, including Basaev, remain at large.


See also:

Russian Town Marks 10th Anniversary Of Terrorist Raid

Analysis: Look Back In Anger -- Ten Years Of War In Chechnya

Chechnya: Ten Years After -- The Logic Behind The First Chechen War

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