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Moscow Police Arrest Plane-Bombing Suspects


7 September 2004 -- Moscow police have arrested two suspects over the blowing up of two Russian airplanes last month that killed 89 people.

An official at the Prosecutor General's Office refused to disclose the names of the suspects or details about the arrests.

Russian news agencies said one of the suspects, identified as Armen Arutyunov from the southern Krasnodar region, was arrested yesterday at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. He allegedly acknowledged selling seats on board the planes to two women suspected of blowing up the airliners and also helped them evade security controls, although he claimed not to have known of their plans.

The two planes went down almost simultaneously, although hundreds of kilometers apart after departing from Domodedovo Airport.

Two female passengers -- whose bodies allegedly carried traces of explosives -- have been blamed for the explosions.

(AFP/ITAR-TASS/Interfax)
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