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Daghestani Jury Acquits Two In Bombing Trial

2 July 2005 -- A jury in the Russian republic of Daghestan has acquitted two men on charges they took part in a May 2002 bombing that killed 43 people.

Jurors at the regional Supreme Court found today that prosecutors had failed to prove that Murad Abdurazakov and Abdulkhalil Abdulkarimov were culpable in the bombing, which took place during a Victory Day parade in the town of Kaspiisk.

They did, however, convict the two of belonging to illegal armed gangs and of illegal weapons possession.

Russian authorities blamed the bombing on adherents of the conservative Wahhabi strain of Islam.

Since January, Daghestan has suffered a series of bombings and attacks on law enforcement authorities that have killed at least 26 police and security officers and wounded scores more.