Russia is seeking an emergency meeting of the Security Council to be held this afternoon to condemn terrorist attacks by the Islambouli Brigades, including the current hostage crisis at a school in southern Russia, Andre Denisov, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, said.
The group, linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist network, is connected with the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981, Denisov said. The group has claimed responsibility for the crashes of two passenger jets Aug. 24 that killed 89 people and a suicide bombing near a Moscow subway station yesterday that killed 10.
The terrorists at the school threatened to detonate their explosive belts if rescuers attempt to storm the building and said 50 children would be executed if any of the hostage-takers is killed, Itar-Tass said, citing Kazbek Dzantiyev, the head of Northern Ossetia’s Interior Ministry.
The fighters are demanding authorities release people arrested as suspects after Chechen rebels raided the neighboring republic of Ingushetia in June.