An Islamist rebel leader claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings on the Moscow subway system that killed 39 people two days ago, and threatened more attacks to avenge what he called atrocities ordered by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the Russia’s volatile southwest.
The video statement by the Chechen militant, Doku Umarov, was posted on the Internet hours after another double bombing killed at least 12 people in Dagestan, located east of Chechnya in the North Caucasus region.
“You Russians only see the war on television and hear about it on the radio, and this is why you are quiet and do not react to the atrocities that your bandit groups under Putin’s command carry out in the Caucasus,” Umarov said in the 4 1/2-minute video. “I promise you that the war will come to your streets, and you will feel it in your lives and under your skin.”
Umarov, dressed in fatigues and sitting in what appeared to be a forest clearing, said he ordered the subway attack in retaliation for an anti-terror raid by Russian security forces in February in which at least 20 people were killed, asserting that officers used knives to finish off innocent residents of an impoverished village.
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