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Islamists behind train blast: Russia

Russian authorities on Saturday blamed a group of Islamic militants killed and captured in an offensive last week for the November bombing of a luxury train to St. Petersburg, the deadliest terrorist attack on Russian soil outside the volatile North Caucasus in years.

world Updated: Mar 08, 2010 01:04 IST

Russian authorities on Saturday blamed a group of Islamic militants killed and captured in an offensive last week for the November bombing of a luxury train to St. Petersburg, the deadliest terrorist attack on Russian soil outside the volatile North Caucasus in years.

Alexander Bortnikov, director of the Federal Security Service, said explosive components recovered in the raid in the troubled Ingushetia province, located west of Chechnya, and DNA taken from the alleged rebels matched those found after the attack on the Nevsky Express train, which left 28 people dead and more than 90 others injured.

“These materials give grounds to presume that these very people were involved in that crime,” he said, reporting that 10 militants were detained and eight killed in the operation Tuesday and Wednesday in the village of Ekazhevo, where police seized more than a ton of explosives and a large cache of guns.


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