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27 Apr, 2010 13:46

Suspected terrorist linked to Moscow Metro blasts killed in manhunt

A suspected terrorist linked to last month's Moscow Metro bombings has been gunned down in the Southern Russian Republic of Dagestan. He is thought to have accompanied one of the female suicide bombers to the Metro.

Traffic police tried to stop a Russian-made vehicle on a federal highway outside the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala, but a passenger opened fire from the car, injuring three law enforcement officials. Police returned fire and killed the two in the vehicle.

One of them was Akhmet Rabadanov. He was identified from images taken on the underground system's CCTV cameras and has been wanted ever since. He is believed to be a member of an Al-Qaeda-linked militant group.

He had been renting an apartment in Moscow’s downtown area, close to the Park Kultury Metro station – one of the two stations that were bombed on March 29 – according to investigative information. Right after the bombings he fled the capital and returned to Dagestan.

The Moscow Metro explosions killed 40 commuters and injured more than 120. The two blasts were carried out by two female suicide bombers, both of which have been identified.