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Investigators Find Explosives in Russia Plane Wreck

Explosives of a kind used by Chechen rebels have been found in one of two airliners that crashed almost simultaneously, pointing to a terrorist attack, Russian investigators said Friday. The FSB security service declined to comment on an Internet claim by an Islamist group that its followers brought the planes down Tuesday, killing at least 89 people, to avenge the killing of Muslims in Russia’s rebel Chechnya province. But it said it had identified “a number of people with possible links to the terrorist act.” Investigators were tracing the background of two passengers with Chechen surnames, one from each plane. Chechnya’s Islamist rebels have staged attacks in the past to press their independence drive, and threatened more attacks in the run-up to the election Sunday of a president to head the pro-Moscow regional government. Full Story

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