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Islamic group claims Russian plane crashes

An Islamic group calling itself the Islambouli Brigades claimed responsibility for the crashes of two Russian planes that killed 90 people, hailing it as a first strike to stop Moscow’s fight against separatists in Chechnya. “The Islambouli Brigades declare that our mujahedeen (fighters) have succeeded in hijacking two Russian planes,” said the group in a statement posted on a website. “Our mujahedeens succeeded in directing the first strike that will be followed by a series of operations aimed to back and assist our brothers in Chechnya and other regions suffering from Russia,” it added. The group said that it would “soon publish the wills of the mujahedeens who sacrificed their lives.” The authenticity of the statement could not immediately be confirmed. A group by the same name has claimed attacks in Pakistan earlier this month. The use of the name Islambouli is a likely reference to Lt. Khaled al-Islambouli who took part in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Cairo in 1981. Full Story

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