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Russia releases sketch of train blast suspect; Indian safe

Last Updated: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 22:26

Moscow: An Indian national, travelling in a
Russian train that derailed in a terrorist attack is "safe and
sound," an official said today, even as authorities blamed a
former Army officer linked to slain Chechen warlord Shamil
Basayev for the blast that killed 26 people.

"The Indian national Rajesh is safe and sound in St.
Petersburg and the consular officials have talked to him on
phone. He is a private citizen travelling to Russia from
abroad," Press officer of the Indian embassy here told PTI.

Rajesh R, an Indian national holding passport 33 E
1906224 was travelling in bogie number 10 of the super-fast
Neva Express on Friday night when a bomb went off on the
tracks detaching and derailing its last three bogies numbered
2, 3 and 4.

Twenty-six people, including two top federal officials
were killed and 96 injured when the elite Nevsky Express
carrying hundreds of passengers from Moscow to St Petersburg
derailed due to a terrorist attack, a security official said.

Authorities today released the sketch of a suspect, who
is reported to have planted at least two improvised explosive
devices (IED).

A former army officer Pavel Kosolapov, who has reportedly
embraced Islam and was a close associate of the slain Chechen
warlord Shamil Basayev, is said to be behind the blast.
The second IED went off hours on Saturday, when probe
officials were examining the accident site.

It had a low yield as water is reported to have flooded
it and dampened the explosive material.

The fate of Rajesh R was not immediately known after the
accident. His name was also not included in the list of
injured and hospitalised people immediately.

The train has 14 coaches, including a dining car. The
bogie in which Rajesh was travelling was close to the engine.

The injured, including an Italian and Belgian were
hospitalised, the official said.

Kosolapov, said to be the brain behind Moscow metro`s
deadly blast in February 2004 and a similar attack on Neva
Express on August 13, 2007, is on the wanted list, state-run
Vesti FM radio said.


First Published: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 22:26

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