- The Washington Times - Friday, November 9, 2001

U.N. helicopter lost off Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Recovery teams searched the waters off the coast of Sierra Leone yesterday after a United Nations helicopter crashed into the sea.
All seven persons on board were presumed dead, U.N. officials said.
The Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter crashed at about 8 p.m. Wednesday near the U.N. headquarters in the capital, Freetown, with a four-member Ukrainian crew, two Zambian officers and a Bulgarian U.N. civilian air operations staff member, U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said yesterday in New York.
"Initial indications are that the cause of the accident is mechanical and no foul play or sabotage is suspected," he said.

Georgia harbors Chechen warlord
MOSCOW Georgian President Eduard Shevarnadze acknowledged for the first time the presence of Chechen rebel warlord Ruslan Gelayev on his territory, in an interview to Georgian television aired on Russian channels late yesterday.
Acknowledging the presence of Mr. Gelayev who "is not a bandit but a normal man with a higher education" and other separatist fighters on Georgian soil, Mr. Shevarnadze said his security services did not have "documents establishing who [among Chechens in Georgia] is a terrorist and who is a refugee."
Russia accuses Mr. Gelayev of being a terrorist, and for a long time has sought to establish links between Chechen separatists and international Islamist terrorism, including Osama bin Laden and the Afghan Taliban regime.

Israeli minister moves over security fears
JERUSALEM An Israeli Cabinet minister and his family have moved out of their home on the orders of Israeli security chiefs over fears Palestinian militants planned to assassinate him, Israeli media reported yesterday.
Army Radio identified him as Dan Naveh, a minister without portfolio and a member of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's hard-line Likud party.

10 killed, child hurt in Kashmir shootouts
SRINAGAR, India Ten persons were killed and a 1-year-old child was among 12 wounded in explosions and shootouts in India's troubled Kashmir, police said yesterday.
A woman pedestrian was killed and seven persons, including two paramilitary troopers and the child, were wounded when a grenade exploded in a street in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, a police statement said.
"Pedestrians and shoppers left their belongings behind and ran helter-skelter after the loud explosion," a paramilitary official said.
Separatist guerrillas threw the grenade at a paramilitary patrol near a crowded street crossing, but it missed and exploded on the road, an official of the paramilitary Border Security Force said.
No guerrilla group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In another attack in downtown Srinagar, five persons were wounded, among them three paramilitary troopers, police said.

Extremists planned bomb for skyscraper
MADRID Basque separatists were plotting an attack two years ago on Madrid's tallest skyscraper but the plan was foiled when police found two bomb-laden vans, national police chief Juan Cotino said yesterday.
When the car bombs were intercepted in northeastern Spain in December 1999, the interior minister at the time, Jaime Mayor Oreja, said the separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), or Basque Homeland and Freedom, planned a "Christmas massacre" in Madrid.
Madrid's 44-story glass-and-steel Picasso Tower, an office building where 5,000 people work, closely resembles the destroyed World Trade Center towers, and was designed by the same architect, Minoru Yamasaki.


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