Two questioned over Chechen's death

20 February 2004
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, the Interior Ministry says. The former premier, who had been on the Interpol wanted list since 2001, was killed in an attack on his car in Doha on 13 February (MEED 13:2:04). Yandarbiyev's two bodyguards also died in the attack. An Interior Ministry statement said two suspects were being questioned, but gave no further details.

'We had never had an act of terrorism on our soil,' a senior Qatari official said on 18 February. 'This incident has deeply shocked us and forced us to rethink about our security strategy.' Qatar's first anti-terrorism law was passed recently, which will see anyone who kills 'through a terror act' sentenced to death (MEED 18:2:04).

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