Chechen rebel claims responsibility for Moscow bombings

Doku Umarov says there will be more attacks

Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov has claimed he was behind Monday’s metro explosions in Moscow, which killed 39 people and injured 85 others. In a 4 1/2-minute video posted online late Wednesday, Umarov said that he ordered the bombings in response to an attack on Chechens gathering garlic outside of Ingush village on February 11. He also promised that the bombings will continue. This admission contradicts an earlier statement by a spokesman for Umarov’s Caucasus Emirate organization, who denied they had any involvement. Also on Wednesday, two suicide bombers, one wearing a police uniform, killed at least a 12 people and injured at least 23 others in a coordinated attack in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region.

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