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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Report: FSB Knew Attack Was in the Works in 2002

Months before the October 2002 Dubrovka theater raid, the Federal Security Service knew that Chechen rebels were preparing to carry out an attack in the fall in Moscow, a German newspaper reported.

German investigators learned that the FSB had had the information in a probe of their own into whether an uncle of well-known Chechen karate fighter Apti Daudov took part in organizing the Dubrovka attack, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten reported Saturday.

The newspaper cited a spokesman for Germany's main prosecutor's office as saying the investigation was looking into possible members of a foreign terrorist group.

The newspaper identified the main person under investigation as Arbi D., an uncle of Apti D., a karate champion who has won numerous international tournaments.

The Gazeta newspaper on Monday identified the suspect as Arbi Daudov and his nephew as Apti Daudov.

Arbi Daudov accompanied Apti Daudov to the Karate World Cup in Dresden in 2002, where the champion won yet another gold medal, according to the German and Russian news reports.

At that time, Arbi Daudov made several phone calls from his hotel to Moscow apartments that were later found to have been used to prepare for the Dubrovka raid, the Dresden newspaper said.

Arbi Daudov and his family currently live in Germany, Gazeta said.

Before Arbi Daudov arrived in 2002, the FSB warned Germany's federal special service, the BKA, that he was planning a terrorist act in Moscow, but Germany took no action at the time, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten said. However, the BKA began investigating him after the Dubrovka raid and seized transcripts of his telephone conversations from the Dresden hotel, it said.

An FSB spokesman could not immediately comment on the reports Monday.

Some 130 hostages died in the Dubrovka crisis, most from a debilitating gas that Russian security services pumped into the theater moments before they launched an operation to end the standoff.