(Russian apartment bombings/Premature death)
Arar, Saudi Arabia
|Died||2002-03-20 (Age 32)|
Cause of death
|poison, nerve agent?|
|Supposed perpetrator of||Russian apartment bombings|
Poisoned and named by the FSB as the organiser of the 1999 Russian apartment bombings.
Ibn al-Khattab was named by the FSB as the mastermind behind the Russian apartment bombings. He died on 20 March 2002 following exposure to a poisoned letter delivered via a courier who had been recruited by Russia's Federal Security Service.
Threats and denials
Some sources cite an interview with Greg Myre of the Associated Press published on September 14th, Khattab stated that: “From now on they will get our bombs everywhere. Let Russia await our explosions blasting through their cities. I swear we will do it.” That interview was held between 9-13 September. On September 14th, Khattab told the Interfax news agency in Grozny that he had nothing to do with the Moscow explosions. He was quoted as saying: “We would not like to be akin to those who kill sleeping civilians with bombs and shells.”
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