Sunday, August 29, 2004

Explosive Residue Found on Russian Planes
I received this email from DC Rybicki Friday, but as I was away, I did not have time to post it.
Interfax is reporting that trace amounts of the chemical compound hexogen have been found in the wreckage of the Tu-154 (the Dzhjebirkanova flight).

Hexogen was used in the 1999 Moscow apartment bombings and is common component in bombs and bomb fragments recovered from sites of previous Chechen terrorist attacks.

FSB has officially declared the Tu-154 to have been downed by a terrorist act, but has not made any statements regarding evidence of explosive residues on the Tu-134 the Nagejeva flight), nor has it found evidence of a coordinated attack, or prior contacts between Dzhjebirkanova and Nagajeva.

Dzhjebirkanova's body was found this morning. That is, bits of her body were found: this is significant, since all of the other victims' bodies are accounted for--and are in one piece, according to Authorities do not anticipate finding Nagajeva's corpse intact.

There are conflicting stories about how and when Dzhjebirkanova bought her tickets, but all are consistent regarding the total lack of her passport data in Sibir's records or other confirmation of her ticket purchases. Dzhejebirkanova was born in 1977 and is registered with the MVD as a resident of Groznyj. She had no documented criminal history. Nothing new has been uncovered related to Nagejeva's identity or history of connection to Chechen terrorists or rebels. Stay tuned.

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