March 30th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Chechen leader: Terrorists should be 'poisoned like rats'

Terrorists who target innocent civilians must be "poisoned like rats," the Russian-backed leader of Chechnya wrote in a newspaper article Tuesday.

"We have always believed and we continue to believe that terrorists must be hunted down and found in their lairs, they must be poisoned like rats, they must be crushed and destroyed," Ramzan Kadyrov wrote in the Russian daily Izvestia, a day after suicide bombers struck a pair of Moscow subway stations in a deadly rush-hour attack.

"The struggle against terrorists must involve the toughest measures and defeating this evil with only persuasion and educational measures is impossible."

Russian investigators believe Chechen rebels may have been behind the deadly strike.

Moscow paused to mourn its dead Tuesday, and flags across the city were lowered to half-staff as hundreds of thousands of commuters returned to the transit system. Authorities said the attacks have killed at least 39 people - an increase of one since Monday - and wounded more than 60 others.

Television stations canceled entertainment programing for the day, while some also pulled commercials. After being closed most of the day, both stations reopened around 5 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) Monday, said Veronica Molskaya, a spokeswoman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

"Our preliminary assessment is that this act of terror was committed by a terrorist group from the North Caucasus region," said Alexander Bortnikov of the Federal Security Service, in reference to the investigation at one of the blast sites.

The Russia-Chechnya conflict dates back nearly 20 years, with Chechens having laid claim to land in the Caucasus Mountains region. Thousands have been killed and 500,000 Chechen people have been displaced by the fighting. Chechnya is located in the North Caucasus region of Russia between the Black and Caspian seas.

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  1. Kalgal

    how horrible:(

    March 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Adel

    I have seen enough lies from the media to know that this whole Chechnya & Moscow bombing episode must be a lie too. I am one hundred percent certain that USA and definitively the Israeli Mossad had more to do with the planning and execution of the bombings than anyone from Chechnya. Chances are the Israeli Jews demanded that Chechnya must build a Holocaust museum and pay Holocaust reparations to the Israeli Jews. The Chechnyans refused, and so the Israeli's are creating this terrorist bombing campaign to force Russia to attack the Chechnyans and make them build the Holocaust museum and force them to pay Holocaust reparations to the Israelis. That is a far more likely reason for the Moscow bombings.

    March 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hutch

    where do people like you come from Adel??
    I agree with Kadyrov, hunt the terrorist down and kill them like the rats they are. and do what General Pershing did in the Phillipines, shoot every terroist with bullets dipped in pig blood and bury thier remains with pig guts

    April 1, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. MohMad

    The root of the problem is islam, the main victim are muslims. Eradicate islam and you will eradicate terrorism.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |