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WORLD BRIEFING / RUSSIA

Times Wire Reports

A Chechen terrorist group with ties to the late warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing attack on a North Caucasus regional leader that killed three, according to a statement posted on a rebel-linked website.

The group, which calls itself the Riyadus Salikhin Martyrs’ Brigade, said it staged last week’s attack on the president of the North Caucasus region of Ingushetia because of his support for Kremlin policies and because of his role in the second war in Chechnya that began in 1999.

Russian law enforcement refused to comment.

The suicide bombing hit a convoy carrying Ingush President Yunus Bek Yevkurov on June 22. Two bodyguards were killed and a third died Saturday of his wounds.

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