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Suspects held in Russian bombings, organizers identified - FSB

RIA Novosti

01/04/201016:21

MAKHACHKALA, April 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained suspects in connection with recent bomb attacks and identified their organizers, the FSB director said on Thursday.

Alexander Bortnikov said there was evidence showing the attacks had been carried out by gangs "linked to the North Caucasus."

Two explosions on Wednesday in the town of Kizlyar, near Dagestan's border with Chechnya, killed 12 people and left 29 injured.

The blasts in Dagestan occurred just two days after two deadly suicide bombings hit the Moscow metro, killing at least 39 people and injuring dozens more.

Bortnikov said the service had cast a dragnet for the organizers.

He did not indicate how many suspects had been detained, only saying they were being questioned intensively.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday a single terrorist group may be behind the bombings in Moscow and Dagestan.

Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility on Wednesday for the metro attacks, saying in a video message they were revenge for a special operation carried out by federal security forces on February 11, 2010, when 18 militants and four civilians were killed in Ingushetia. He threatened further attacks.

Russia has been fighting militants in the North Caucasus for almost two decades, including two brutal wars against separatists in Chechnya.

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