October 26th, 2002

Experts: Valium Gas Used in Raid


Experts: Valium Gas Used in Raid

By Joseph B. Verrengia
AP Science Writer
Saturday, October 26, 2002; 6:12 PM

Military experts and toxicologists say Russian commandos probably pumped a gas containing Valium into a Moscow theater to subtly disable and disorient heavily armed Chechen rebels prior to Saturday's dramatic assault.

Russian authorities didn't identify the gas used in the operation, which freed hundreds of hostages but also resulted in the deaths of more than 100 captives and rebels. Officials claimed none of the hostages were killed by the gas.
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