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Russia foils terror plots targeting Moscow's subway, Caucasus's spatowns
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11:26, June 11, 2008

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Russia's anti-terror authorities have foiled a series of terrorist attacks targeting the capital's subway and Caucasus's spa towns.

"Terrorists' plans to carry out attacks in the Moscow subway have been thwarted," Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), said Tuesday.

The plots were dug out in May in the course of providing security at the inauguration ceremony of the Russian president and festive events of the Moscow subway, he told a meeting of National Anti-terrorist Committee, reported by the Itar-Tass news agency. The FSB and the Russian Interior Ministry jointly contributed to the operations.

"Law-enforcement bodies have intercepted the activities of the criminal group which prepared to carry out acts of terror in spa towns of the Caucasus, seizing a large quantity of firearms, ammunition and bomb bars as well as extremist literature," Bortnikov was quoted as saying.

Moscow's subway has been targeted by terrorists for several times. About 50 were killed and more than 130 others injured when a suicide bombing ripped through a crowded metro car in the Russian capital during a morning rush hour on Feb. 6, 2004.

Another suicide bombing carried out by a woman outside a Moscow subway station on Aug. 31 in the same year left 10 people dead and over 50 others wounded.


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