Chechen rebel group claims responsibility for Moscow metro bombings (2)

16:38, April 01, 2010      

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The video clip was posted on kavkazcenter.com, a website used by rebels to publicize their statements.

Moscow city police have been on high alert since Monday's twin bombings. They have set up roadblocks on highways leading into the city and have beefed up patrols in the subway and are keeping their eyes open on migrants from southern provinces.

Terror attacks in Chechnya and Dagestan, however, are not uncommon and are mostly targeting police and security forces, which local rebels take as representing the Russian authorities.

Several rebel leaders, including one known for training suicide bombers, have been killed in the North Caucasus in the latest round of law enforcement launched by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

But Monday's suicide attacks in Moscow were the first away from the base areas of the southern rebels in the past six years.

Umarov seemed to have deliberately chosen to bomb the Lubyanka subway station, which is beneath the Russian Federal Security Service.

According to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 916 people died in violence in the North Caucasus last year, up from 586 in the previous year.

<i>Source: Xinhua</i>
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