Georgian link also being investigated: Russia security chief
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 17:48
Moscow: Russia's security chief has not ruled out the possibility of a Georigian link to the Moscow blasts, and said agencies would investigate such a probability as the Georgian intelligence has been found to have contacts with North Caucasus-based groups.

Monday's twin blasts on the busy Moscow Metro had claimed 39 lives and injured nearly 80 people, and Russia had blamed the Chechen rebels for the attack.

"We have information that some of the agents of Georgian intelligence services are maintaining contacts with the terrorist organisations in Russia's North Caucasus," Secretary of Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said.

"In view of Moscow terror acts we need to work on this possibility also," he was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Russia and Georgia have strained relations after the five-day Caucasus war in 2008 following which Tbilisi severed diplomatic ties with Moscow.

"We need to check all the possibilities. For example, there Georgia and leader of this state (Michael) Saakashvili, whose conduct is unpredictable," Patrushev said.

He noted that the terror group active in Chechnya and other restive regions of Caucasus are part of the international terror network.

Meanwhile, the Georgia-funded First Caucasus TV today broadcasted the voice recording of Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, recognised by al Qaeda as the "Emir of Caucasus", who claimed that Moscow metro blasts were the handiwork of Russian FSB the successor of KGB.


First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 17:48

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