Russia arrests 10 militants linked to train bombing

09:46, March 11, 2010      

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Russia on Wednesday formally arrested 10 militants linked to last November's train bombing that killed at least 26 people.

The suspects were captured March 2 during a special operation conducted in Russia's turbulent North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia.

Six other insurgents, including the notorious warlord Alexander Tikhomirov, were killed in the operation.

Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Federal Security Service, said Saturday that evidence had been found indicating a link between the military group and the Nevsky Express train bombing.

The 10 suspected militants have been taken to Moscow's Lefortovo pretrial prison and an indictment against them must be filed within 30 days of their arrest, the daily Kommersant reported.

The RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing a police source, that the group had originally planned another major attack in the North Caucasus.

Russia's volatile North Caucasus republics, particularly Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, have been plagued by violence stemming from militants and criminal gangs. The government is struggling to contain the insurgency.

President Dmitry Medvedev regarded the economic backwardness, rampant militant violence and clan rivalry in the region as key security threats to Russia.

Source: Xinhua
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