Arrests are made in Russia bombings

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MOSCOW -- Two suicide bombers whose attacks last month in Volgograd raised fear of terrorist strikes in Russia during the upcoming Olympic Games have been identified, and two accomplices arrested, authorities say.

The bombers struck the Volgograd rail station Dec. 29 and a crowded trolley bus the next day, killing 34 people in all. The city is about 400 miles northeast of Sochi, the Winter Olympics site, and near the Caucasus region, which has long been a battleground between Islamist militants and Russian security forces.

"The two suicide bombers were identified as members of the so-called Buynaksk terrorist group: Asker Samedov and Suleiman Magomedov," said a statement Thursday on the National Anti-Terrorism Committee's website, referring to a town in the restive Dagestan region. The statement identified two brothers, Magomednabi and Tagir Batirov, who were detained on suspicion of having helped bring the suicide bombers to Volgograd.

A video released in mid-January on an Islamist website showed two men, identified only as Abdurkhman and Suleiman, who were said to be preparing to carry out the attacks.


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