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Suicide bombers in southern Russia’s Volgograd terrorist attacks identified

January 30, 2014, 14:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Two terrorist attacks were staged in the city of Volgograd over the last days of 2013
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After the explosion in the building of the railway station in Volgograd

After the explosion in the building of the railway station in Volgograd

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MOSCOW, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Suicide bombers who staged two terrorist acts in the southern Russian city of Volgograd late in last December are identified, criminals involved in their delivery to the city are detained, the information centre of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“Within the framework of the criminal case investigation filed upon committing terrorist attacks in Volgograd December 29 and 30, 2013, in hot pursuit the identities of two suicide bombers, members of the so-called Buinaksk terrorist group, Asker Samedov and Suleiman Magomedov, were established. On grounds of fieldwork underway, their names were not made public earlier,” the Anti-Terrorism Committee representative said.

“January 29, 2014, as a result of investigative actions on the territory of the Republic of Dagestan, Magomednabi and Tagir Batyrov involved in transporting suicide bombers to Volgograd were detained, and are currently subject to relevant legal proceedings.”

Investigative actions on identifying and search of other accomplices including the stagers of the Volgograd attacks continue.

Two terrorist attacks were staged in the city of Volgograd over the last days of 2013. On December 29, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to the waiting hall of Volgograd’s central railway station. On December 30, a suicide bomber blew up a trolleybus in the morning rush hour. These attacks claimed 34 lives. About 100 people were wounded.

 

Anti-terrorism legislature toughened

Due to terrorist attacks carried out in Volgograd a package of legislative amendments has been submitted to the State Duma. These amendments broaden the mandate of Federal Security Service (FSB) in the field of combating terrorism and toughen penalty for terrorist activities.

To date, FSB personnel has the right to check identification documents of citizens and officials, if there are reasonable grounds to suspect them of commission of a crime. It is proposed to broaden this regulation by vesting FSB with the right to “carry out a personal search of citizens and their belongings in case there are reasonable grounds to suspect them of a crime (illegal act)”, as well as to “carry out search of personal vehicles and freights in them in case there is a suspicion that they are used for illegal intentions”.

In addition, it is suggested to include offense to promote, justify and support to terrorism in aggravating circumstances. Limitation periods would not be applied to perpetrators of terrorist crimes as crimes against peace and security of mankind.

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