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Kremlin Says Russian Special Forces Kill Wanted Chechen Warlord

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The Kremlin says Russian special forces have killed the country's most wanted man -- Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev. Basayev claimed responsibility for the 2004 Beslan school siege that killed more than 330 people -- most of them children.

Russian security chief Nikolai Patrushev says Basayev was killed early Monday in a special operation in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya. He gave no details of the operation, but said Basayev and other rebels were preparing a terrorist attack aimed at disrupting next week's Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg.

A Chechen rebel web site denies Russian forces killed Basayev. It says he died accidentally when an explosives-filled truck blew up next to his car. U.S. officials say they are still trying to confirm Basayev's death. President Bush says if Basayev was killed, he deserved it.

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