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Russia focuses on female 'Chechen' passengers after twin plane crashes

Russian investigators announced that explosives were found on both planes that crashed with the loss of 90 lives, as attention focussed on the roles of two dead female passengers believed to be of Chechen origin. The Russian press was quick to paint the pair as the latest in a line of female suicide bombers from the strife-torn Caucasus republic to strike, citing their suspected ethnic origins and the fact no relatives have come forward to claim their remains. The crashes reinforced fears of attacks by Chechen extremists on an already nervous Russian public, with officials now suggesting Russia should copy the stringent security measures used by Israel on its flights. While security services have made no link between the two women and the crashes, traces of the powerful explosive Hexogen were found in the fragments of both planes that crashed on flights to southern Russian cities late Tuesday. Full Story

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