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Sunday, November 14, 2004; Page A32

Suspect Held for Bombing That Sparked Chechen War

MAKHACHKALA, Russia -- A suspect in a 1999 apartment building bombing that killed 64 people and helped trigger Moscow's renewed military campaign in Chechnya was brought to Russia on Saturday after being arrested in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, authorities said.

Magomed Salikhov is suspected of helping organize the attack in the Dagestani city of Buinaksk -- one of four apartment house blasts that Russian authorities cited as a reason to renew their military campaign in Chechnya.

Salikhov was detained in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, on Friday, Dagestani police spokeswoman Anzhela Martirosova said. NTV television showed Salikhov being led through a building in handcuffs. A date for his trial had not been set.

THE AMERICAS

PANAMA CITY -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with Panamanian authorities to discuss increased efforts by a group of countries to secure the Panama Canal against a terrorist attack.

Chile, Panama and the United States have jointly carried out an antiterrorism exercise, called Panamax, to protect the canal, a vital shipping lane transited by more than 15,000 vessels every year.

Officials say nine other Latin American countries plan to join the effort. The 50-mile-long Panama Canal is used by large container-carrying ships.

EUROPE

MADRID -- Two bombs exploded at a Spanish army post in the Pyrenees, causing serious damage but no injuries in what appeared to be an attack by ETA, a Basque separatist group. The bombs seriously damaged the roof and doors of the army post at Belagua, in the northern region of Navarre, a government statement said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in a remote, mountainous area near the French border.

AMSTERDAM -- A small mosque was destroyed by fire in the Netherlands, but no one was hurt in what police suspect may have been the latest in a spate of arson attacks against religious targets.

The Netherlands has experienced an upsurge in violence since an outspoken filmmaker, Theo van Gogh, was shot and stabbed to death by a suspected Islamic militant as he cycled to work on Nov. 2, raising tensions in a country known for its tolerance. Van Gogh had enraged some Muslims with a film accusing Islam of promoting violence against women.

BELFAST -- The Irish Republican Army is probably bluffing and won't disarm or disband in support of revived Northern Ireland power-sharing, Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble told his party's annual conference.

THE MIDDLE EAST

CAIRO -- Egypt plans to X-ray the mummy of Tutankhamen to find out what killed the king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and died while only a teenager.

Archaeologists will move Tutankhamen's body from its tomb, which was discovered packed with treasure in 1922, to Cairo for tests that should resolve the mystery over whether he died naturally or was murdered.

-- From News Services


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