Chechen rebel group claims responsibility for Moscow metro bombings

16:10, April 01, 2010      

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A Chechen militant group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for Monday's twin bombing attacks against the Moscow metro system.

The claim was made through an online video clip, in which Doku Khamatovich Umarov said Monday's twin suicide attacks was revenge for the killing of civilians by Russian security forces.

Umarov, former underground president of the unrecognized Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, is now self-proclaimed emir of the Russian North Caucasus.

The rebel leader is wanted by the Russian security forces for alleged crimes of terrorism, kidnapping, murder and treason.

Umarov's online video was posted after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had vowed to drag "out of the sewer" the terrorists behind the attacks that killed 39 people and injured 60 others.

Putin told a televised cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the same militant group could have planned another attack in the day in Dagestan where 12 people were killed and 23 others were injured.

Dressed in fatigues, Umarov said in the video that the war would come to the streets of Moscow and the Muscovites would feel it on their own skins.

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