URGENT. Possible abductors of Russian diplomats in Iraq have broken silence
The possible abductors of four Russian embassy staff in Baghdad demand a withdrawal of troops from the Chechen Republic. An Iraqi group, "Council of Mojaheddin Shura", associated with "Al-Qaeda", has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Russian diplomats. A statement posted by the group at an Islamist site says that Russia has 48 hours to withdraw its troops from Chechnya and release all Muslim detainees.
The genuineness of the statement is being ascertained now.
The attack on the Russian embassy staff occurred June 3. Third secretary of the embassy, Fiodor Zaitsev, and embassy staff Rinat Agliulin, Anatoly Smirnov and Oleg Fedoseyev were whisked off to an unknown destination. Another Russian, Vitaly Titov, was killed during the attack.