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Russians See Pattern in Recent Bombings

The bombing that killed six people outside Moscow’s National Hotel probably was the work of the same Chechen rebel group blamed for last week’s explosion on a train in southern Russia and a suicide bombing at a rock concert in the capital last summer, a prosecutor said Wednesday. “We can see the same style here in all three crimes, and most likely they were coordinated from one center,” Grigory Shinakov, a Moscow prosecutor, said in comments broadcast on Russian state television. “Also the type of explosive and the nature of destruction were the same,” he said, adding that a connection could also be drawn to Chechen rebels’ seizure of some 800 hostages in a Moscow theater last year. Shinakov said the explosives belt worn by a female suicide bomber at the National Hotel on Tuesday resembled those worn by the women participants in the October 2002 theater siege. In the hostage taking, the women and their male comrades threatened to blow up the building. Russian special forces stormed the theater after three days, and 129 hostages were killed, most by the effects of the gas used to knock out the assailants. Full Story

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