- For the mastermind Al-Khattab, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin had a special KGB trick up his sleeve…
A series of terrorist attacks that blew up four apartment blocks in four Russian cities in September 1999, killing 293 and injuring more than 1000 people and spreading a wave of fear across the country.
The investigation concluded that all the bombings were ordered by Islamist warlords Ibn Al-Khattab and Abu Omar al-Saif. Both men were Saudis, fighting in Chechnya against Russia, allegedly with close ties to al-Qaeda.
For Al-Khattab (on the picture below), Putin had a special KGB trick up his sleeve.
Namely, FSB (KGB’s successor) knew that Al-Khattab received letters from his mother in Saudi Arabia and devised a plan using the information to kill the warlord. They recruited and turned his courier to work for them so he would deliver a poisoned letter “from the mother”(!) to their target.
The poison of choice was a fast-acting nerve agent, possibly sarin or a derivative.
Al-Khattab died. And rightly so.