A Chechen militant leader has
claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings on Moscow’s subway that killed
39 and wounded scores of others.
Doku Umarov, who leads Islamic
militants in Chechnya and nearby regions of Russia’s North Caucasus, says in a
statement posted on a pro-rebel website that attacks were carried out in
retaliation for the killings of civilians by Russian security forces.
He also warned Russia to prepare
for more attacks.
Russian investigators have said
they believe two female suicide bombers were linked to militants in the North
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has
called on the security forces to “scrape from the sewers” those responsible
for the Moscow attacks.
In the video posted on the
www.kavkazcenter.com website, Doku Umarov said the Moscow attacks were an act
of revenge for the killings of Chechen and Ingush civilians by the Russian
security forces near Arshty on 11 February.
The rebel, who styles himself as
the Emir of the Caucasus Emirate, said attacks on Russian soil would continue.
“The war will come to your
street… and you will feel it on your own skins,” he warned Russian
citizens in the video which he said was recorded on Monday – just hours after
the Metro attacks.
In a separate development, at least
12 people, including a top local police official, were killed by two suicide
bombings in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan.
A car bomb was detonated outside
the offices of the local interior ministry and the FSB security agency in the
town of Kizlyar.
Another bomber then blew himself up
20 minutes later as a crowd gathered.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said
the blasts may have been organized by the same militants who attacked the Moscow
“I don’t rule out that this is one and the same gang,” Putin said at
a televised Cabinet meeting.
President Dmitry Medvedev said later the attacks were “links of the same