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Putin condemns 'Chechen' bombing

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed Chechen separatists for a bomb attack on the Moscow underground railway that killed at least 39 people. Mr Putin said he did not need any indirect confirmation – he was certain that rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov and his forces were behind the explosion. The morning rush-hour blast on a packed train injured more than 100 people. Moscow has been hit by a series of bombings in recent years – almost all of them blamed on Chechen rebels. Friday’s blast was the bloodiest such attack in Moscow since Russia launched its second war in Chechnya in 1999, and comes five weeks before a presidential election in which Vladimir Putin is seeking a second term. The explosion at about 0840 (0540 GMT) ripped through the second carriage of a train which had just left Avtozavodskaya Station. Full Story

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