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Moscow metro bombings: one year anniversary

One year after two women blew themselves up in the Moscow metro, authorities say they may have killed chief Caucasus rebel Doku Umarov. Again.
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Russians mourned the victims of the Moscow metro bombing last March, which marked a return of terror to the Russian capital. (OXANA ONIPKO/AFP/Getty Images)

One year ago today, two women blew themselves up on the Moscow metro during morning rush hour, killing 40 and marking the return of terror to the Russian capital following several years of relative quiet.

The anniversary has prompted lots of announcements, related both to the metro bombing and to January’s deadly attack on Domodedovo airport:

Authorities announced they had “identified all the actual perpetrators and masterminds of the [metro] attack.” Six of those have been killed, one has been put on an international wanted list.

Then they said they had decided to bring charges against chief Islamist rebel Doku Umarov for co-organizing the attack on Domodedovo.

Then security sources told Interfax news agency that Umarov might have been killed in a huge firefight last night in the republic of Ingushetia, that left 17 militants and three security officers dead. This is probably the 1000th time that sources have said (wrongly) that Umarov may have been killed.
 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/bric-yard/moscow-metro-bombings-one-year-anniversary