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Monday, 17 September, 2001, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Russia finds 'Chechen link' to Bin Laden

The Russian internal security service says it has found a computer compact disc in Chechnya which contains instructions for piloting Boeing aircraft similar to those hijacked for the attacks in the United States last week.

The chief spokesman of the Federal Security Service Alexander Zdanovich told Russian media that the computer CD also contained technical descriptions of Boeing 737 aeroplanes.

He said it was found during a raid on a group which had contacts with Osama bin Laden - the man named by the United States as the main suspect in the attacks.

Correspondents say Moscow has been trying for some time to convince Washington that Chechen rebels are linked to the Saudi-born dissident.

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