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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev said on Tuesday Olympic athletes would be at risk from attacks by his forces if the Russian capital won the right to hold the 2012 Games.

"No one could guarantee the athletes' security, even if our forces conducted extremely careful strikes on Moscow. But there should be no doubt that we have bombed and will bomb Moscow," he said in a statement on a rebel Web site (www.kavkazcenter.com).

Basayev's comments came as campaigning for the right to stage the Games entered its final 24 hours, with officials from the five candidate cities gathered in Singapore to make presentations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Basayev has a habit of making statements intended to embarrass Russia, and his words will be viewed as a blow by Moscow, already seen as the outsider in the race against New York, London, Paris and Madrid ahead of Wednesday's IOC vote.

Reuters Article

This is the last thing that Moscow needs . . .

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