Chad Student Wounds Diplomat Over Stipend

A student from Chad, angered by the nonpayment of his stipend, stabbed his country's ambassador Friday afternoon at Chad's embassy on Rublyovskoye Shosse, according to a Moscow police spokesman.


Ambassador Mahamet Saleh Al-Habbo was taken to Botkin Hospital with wounds to his shoulder, Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported Sunday. The paper added that he had lost a good deal of blood but implied that no vital organs were damaged. He was expected to remain under doctors' care for several days.


The Chad Embassy would not answer questions Monday on the attack or the ambassador's condition.


Moskovsky Komsomolets reported that the attacker and two fellow students from the Smolensk Medical University had come to Moscow to complain about the derelict stipends from their home country, payment of which was to have been administered by the embassy. They arrived at the apartment which houses the small mission at 3 p.m. Al-Habbo arrived at 3:50. Soon thereafter passions boiled over and the stabbing took place in front of embassy workers, the newspaper reported.


All three students were apprehended immediately, and will be subject to Russian law, said the police spokesman.


Before 1992, African students were given full scholarship and survival support by the Soviet government. Since then they have been expected to pay for their own education and accommodation, with the exception of a small stipend from the Russian government and whatever support their home government offers. Friday's attack was over nonpayment of the home-country stipend.