(131) These included an attack on a hospital at Budyonnovsk
The North Caucasus is of particular interest due to the sheer number and scale of swarm attacks (Budyonnovsk
, 1995; Kizlyar, 1996; Nazran, 2004; Nalchik, 2005); the melding of tactics by militants (Nord Ost, 2002; Beslan, 2004); and because countermeasures adopted by the federal authorities have been largely unsuccessful, illustrating the need, where possible, to adopt a managed and measured response to particular attacks.
These include the 1995 seizure of the Budyonnovsk
hospital, in which 129 people were killed; the taking of 900 hostages in a Moscow theater in 2002, where 130 died in the rescue attempt...
In June 1995, Basayev personally led 200 armed fighters into Budyonnovsk
in a region neighbouring Chechnya and took doctors and patients hostage at the local hospital.
The capital Grozny was virtually razed to the ground by a Russian bombardment In June 1995, Chechen rebels attacked the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk
, and took2,000 civilians hostage in a hospital.
In 1995, Chechen rebels seized a hospital in the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk
, taking some 2, 000 people hostage.
Chechnyan fighters in June 1995 attacked the southern Russian town of Budyonnovsk
and in June 1996 attacked Kizlyar, a provincial centre in Dagestan.
The candidate least favored by Moscow is Basayev, who led the raid on the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk
in June 1995, when he and a handful of suicide commandos took over a hospital and held more than 1,000 hostage before successfully negotiating a return to Chechnya.
The Chechens, who are demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from their breakaway republic, have plunged President Boris Yeltsin into a new hostage crisis similar to the one last June which left more than 100 dead in Budyonnovsk