Russian police foiled a car bomb attack in Moscow on the eve of ceremonies marking the 62nd anniversary of WWII victory in Europe, Russian news agencies reported Thursday.
Police found a car loaded with explosive devices near an apartment building in Profsoyuznaya Street, southwest Moscow, one day before the May 9 V-E Day celebrations, Itar-Tass news agency said.
The attack was plotted by a group, who are mainly from North Caucasus and are suspected of involvement in terrorism acts there, Itar-Tass quoted sources with the Federal Security Service as saying.
The police blocked the area, evacuated residents and cut off gas supplies before bomb experts used a robot to dismantle the main device, which featured a foreign-made radio set designed to trigger the explosion. Authorities also made safe a grenade, a fuse and electric detonators, Itar-Tass reported.
According to Interfax, the bomb contained 7 kg of plastic explosives and metal balls. A submachine gun with two cartridge clips were also found in the trunk of the second-hand vehicle.
Police have detained several suspects and carried out investigations in Moscow and across the country, reports said.
To mark V-E Day, Russia held a military parade on Red Square during the day and firework performances at night on May 9.