To get instructions? Encouragement? Were they castigated by the Saudi on the other end of the line for violating the limits of peaceful Islam? From The Guardian, with thanks to Teri:
Two of the militants who took part in the Beslan school hostage siege phoned the Middle East during the drama, a senior source from the Russian security services has said.
The official said two calls were made from Beslan in Arabic, and that “one call was to Saudi Arabia by one of the Arabs who was there”.
He declined to give further details or say where the second call was placed to, but said one of the calls was made on the second day of the siege, and that the investigation had established there were only two Arabs in the group – not 10 as was first suggested.
The Kremlin has insisted there is a link between inter national terrorist groups sympathetic to al-Qaida and the Chechen separatists, although some analysts have challenged this claim.