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Two Russian intelligence chiefs sacked over Domodedovo blast

RIA Novosti

16:31 08/02/2011

MOSCOW, February 8 (RIA Novosti) - Two senior Russian anti-terrorism officials have been sacked for failing to prevent a deadly terrorist attack on Moscow's busiest airport last month.

The January 24 suicide attack on the international arrivals zone of Domodedovo International Airport killed 36 people and injured dozens more.

"Department T [anti-terrorism] deputy chief Col. V.G. Aladin and economic security chief department Lieut. Col. A.N. Sveshnikov have been relieved of their duties," a statement on the Federal Security Service website said.

President Dmitry Medvedev blamed the bombing on poor security and ordered the dismissal of anti-terrorism officials if negligence was proved.

Last month, Medvedev sacked a regional transport chief, a Moscow police deputy head and several others.

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