Security tightened in Moscow after metro bombings

17:17, April 01, 2010      

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Security has been beefed up to an unprecedented level in Moscow after Monday''s twin suicide bombings in the city''s subway.

On Wednesday, the number of police on patrol was more than doubled at major subway stations, airports, railway stations, underpasses, schools, hospitals and theaters. They made more frequent inspections and cross-questioned suspicious passengers.

Reporters saw that police officers were screening passenger luggage with metal detectors at the entrance of the Lubyanka subway station, and sniffer dogs were patrolling the platform.

According to the police, a total of 180 sniffer dogs were patrolling the Moscow metro stations on Wednesday.

The police have also increased roadblocks on highways leading into the city and are keeping their eyes open on migrants from southern provinces.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday ordered the government to strengthen security on national transport in response to recent terrorist attacks.

"I have signed a decree today, ordering to build a complex system to guarantee security on transport," Medvedev told the Security Council as quoted by the Interfax news agency.

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