Former Gitmo detainee arrested in Russian rebel attack

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee was arrested in Russia's Caucasus yesterday after evidence surfaced that he was involved in a rebel attack there last week. Rasul Kudayev was one of seven Russian nationals arrested by US troops in Afghanistan, and was released from Guantanamo in March 2004 and turned over to Russian officials. He was subsequently released from Russian custody when officials could not connect him to any crimes, and has been living in Nalchik for the past 18 months. Kudayev's arrest is part of Russian security efforts to hunt down those involved in the October 13 attack [BBC report] on police and army buildings in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, [BBC profile] a Russian Federation republic in the North Caucasus. The raids, which resulted in the deaths of 36 people, were carried out by 200 rebels who have been linked to Chechen militants. Mosnews has local coverage.



 

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