Police obtain DNA samples of suspects behind Russian train derailment

13:50, December 01, 2009      

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Police have collected DNA samples of several people believed to be involved in the bombing of an express train on Friday night, the Interfax news agency quoted a police source as saying on Monday.

The DNA samples were taken from a house near the crash site, where four suspects stayed days before the incident, the source said, adding that one of samples belonged to a woman.

Police also found parts of at least two cars near the house, said the source.

"There are grounds to believe that these people are related to the crime, and measures are being taken to identify and find them," the source said.

Separately, Itar-Tass news agency cited the police as saying that identikit pictures of several suspects have been worked out.

"Transport police officers interrogated residents of nearby villages. Identikit pictures of the suspects were made and the police are looking for possible witnesses," a spokesperson for local police department said.

The Nevsky Express, en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg, was derailed Friday night some 400 km northwest of Moscow.

The disaster, caused by a homemade bomb equivalent to 7 kg of TNT, is being investigated as a terrorist attack.

The luxury train carrying more than 600 passengers is popular with business executives and government officials. Health and Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova on Monday put the overall death toll from the tragedy at 26.

Source: Xinhua
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