`Moscow bomber hesitated, blown up by remote`

Last Updated: Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 18:24

Moscow: The suicide bomber, who attacked
Moscow`s international airport killing 35 people, could have
been blown through a remote control by one of his accomplices
who might have thought that he would back out at the last
minute, a media report said on Saturday.

Quoting unnamed experts involved in the probe, Kommersant
business daily reported that molten circuit boards found after
the January 24 blast at the Domodedovo airport indicated that
a cell phone was embedded in the plastic explosives used in
the attack.

It said that the behaviour of the terrorist, who
hesitated for sometime, also backed this theory.

CCTV footage showed that suicide bomber nervously walked
around in the arrival zone of the airport for about 15 minutes
before the blast.

"It`s possible that one of his accomplices, thinking he
would not press the button, remotely blew him up by making a
phone call on the cell phone embedded in the bomb," an
investigator was quoted as saying by the daily.

The Kommersant said the plastic bomb was strapped around
the waist of the suicide bomber in the form of a champion
boxer`s belt and not in the bag as reported earlier.

It also said the investigation is probing the role of a
woman standing next to him at the time of the blast, which
sparked speculation about involvement of a `black widow` of a
slain militant from the restive Northern Caucasus region.

So far, nobody has claimed the responsibility for the
attack, which has led to dismissal of several top police
officials directly or indirectly responsible for the security
at the airport.

Earlier an ethnic Russian Yuri Razdobudko was named as
the suicide bomber, who had embraced Islam and joined the
Nogai Jamaat terrorist group disbanded in October, 2010.

However, the DNA tests failed to confirm the police
theory.

Although he was declared dead in October 2010 in the
operation to liquidate the Nogai Jamaat, police had relaunched
the search for Razdobudko, who was said to have undergone
training in the Pakistani camps.

Local media reported that FSB had sought information on
Razdobudko from Islamabad.

The government-run RIA Novosti said the police were
searching for 10 people suspected of involvement in the blast.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 18:24

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