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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suspect Held in Red Cross Slaughter

Federal forces have detained a suspect in the 1996 slaughter of six Red Cross workers in Chechnya, Interfax reported Tuesday, citing the regional branch of the Interior Ministry.

In one of the bloodiest attacks against the Red Cross in its 142-year history, masked gunmen forced their way into a Red Cross hospital in Chechnya on Dec. 17, 1996, and went room to room, using guns with silencers to kill four nurses and two other workers as they slept.

Adam Dzhabrailov, 30, was detained in a security sweep in his home village of Mesker-Yurt on suspicion of involvement in the killings, Interfax said.

As many as 15 attackers participated in the raid on the Red Cross hospital in Noviye Atagi, a village about 25 kilometers south of Grozny. Those killed were five women and one man. The victims were from the Netherlands, Spain, Canada, New Zealand and Norway.

The Red Cross immediately suspended all operations in Chechnya.