Chechen Rebel Claims Subway Bombings

Warns Russians that more attacks are coming
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 31, 2010 2:55 PM CDT
Young people light candles to pay tribute to victims of Monday's subway blasts in Lubyanka square in Moscow.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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(Newser) – A Chechen militant claimed responsibility today for this week's deadly subway bombings in Moscow. Doku Umarov, who leads Islamic militants in Russia's North Caucasus, said in a video posted on a pro-rebel website that the attacks were an act of revenge for the killing of civilians by Russian security forces. He warned that attacks on Russian cities will continue.

"I promise you that the war will come to your streets and you will feel it in your lives, feel it on your own skin," Umarov said in the video. He blamed ordinary Russians for turning a blind eye to the killing of civilians in the Caucasus. Meanwhile, separate suicide attacks killed 12 people in southern Russia today. "I don't rule out that this is one and the same gang," said Vladimir Putin. (Read more Russia stories.)

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