Terrorism: Investigation in process

A case regarding an explosion in the town of Kaspiisk will soon be forwarded to court, stated Assistant General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolesnikov.

The explosion in Kaspiisk took place on May 9th, 2002 killing 43 and injuring more than a hundred people.

“Investigation of the case is getting close to an end. It will be send off to court in the nearest future,” said Kolesnikov in his interview. According to him, all cases of terrorist acts in Dagestan and in Moscow have been solved.

“Five people have been accused of the crimes already. Among them are accomplices and terrorists themselves. Investigators expect the case to be send off to court by the end of this month”, stated he. Kolesnikov also mentioned that the main terrorist had been determined as well. Apparently, he is Commander Rappani Khalilov, who is currently hiding in Chechnya, reports ITAR-TASS.

As far as Moscow's terrorist acts are concerned, there were two major ones committed in summer of 2003 at Tushino airfield and in December of last year by the “National” hotel at the heart of Moscow. Both of them are still under investigation.

More than ten people died and more than sixty were injured as a result of the terrorist act at the Tushino airfield in the course of “Krilya” rock festival. Several women suicide bombers triggered the explosion.

On December 9th, 2002 another woman suicide bomber has activated an explosive on Mokhovaya Street, by the “National” hotel. Six people died and more than ten were injured.

In the course of a press conference in December of 2003, Chief of the Investigation Department Grigory Shinakov has pointed out a possible connection between the terrorist act at Tushino airfield and the one at the hotel.

“Both explosions appear to have been triggered by means of similar devices,” stated Shinakov. He also mentioned that both crimes are of identical character.

 

Source: RIA “Novosti”, ITAR-TASS