Russian officials reveal airport bomber's name in closed meeting

09:47, February 09, 2011      

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Senior Russian officials revealed the name of the suicide bomber who killed 35 people in an attack at a Moscow airport during a closed high-level meeting, local media reported Tuesday.

However, the bomber's name has not yet been released to the public.

Vladimir Vasilyev, the head of the Russian State Duma's Security committee, said participants in the meeting had "a useful, emotional, and tough discussion" on security issues and submitted a number of proposals.

"At least three people have been arrested in connection with the attack," Vasilyev said.

He also said Transport Minister Igor Levitin shared "shocking" information on security control at Domodedovo airport, the site of the Jan. 24 attack and Moscow's busiest transportation hub.

Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), said that a number of high-ranking officers have been dismissed and some could face prosecution.

The meeting, which included senior officials from the FSB, the Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor General's Office, the Interior Ministry, and the Transport Ministry, was held at Russia's State Duma, or the lower house of parliament.

The suicide bombing in the arrivals zone of Russia's biggest Domodedovo airport, killed 35 people and injured more than 130 others.

Russian investigators said they had already targeted the first suspect, a 20-year-old man from Russia's volatile Caucasus region.

Local media Tuesday reported Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Source: Xinhua

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