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13 May, 2010 13:01

Moscow Metro bombing organizers killed – FSB

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says that it has identified the people responsible for the Moscow metro bombings.

The announcement on the March attacks was made by the head of the country's security service, who was speaking at a press conference in the city.

“We have identified all members of the group behind the blasts in the Moscow Metro, both the organizers and the bombers themselves. When we tried to detain three members of the group – one of them being the person who escorted the suicide bombers from Dagestan to Moscow, and then guided them to the Metro – we could not take them alive as they fought back, so we had to take them out,” FSB director Aleksandr Bortnikov said.

Bortnikov added that material evidence and leads for this case have been obtained. After subsequent analysis has been carried out the investigation will advance further.

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev reacted to the killings with no remorse whatsoever.

“Those who put up resistance need to be wiped out, and there is nothing to be sorry about,” Medvedev said.

Meanwhile Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev said the police managed to thwart a terror attack in Moscow organized by an extremist group.

“They planned a high profile bomb attack with numerous casualties,” he told journalists.

The police had found a powerful home-made bomb with a timed fuse. Earlier reports mentioned that in April police arrested two students who were on their way to a Moscow park to test one of explosive devices they had made together at home. The minister didn’t specify whether the bombing he mentioned was planned by those two.