Moscow, 13 July 2000 (RFE/RL) - Police in Moscow are continuing extra
security checks amid government concern Chechen rebels may extend their
tactic of suicide bombings to the capital. Police were stationed along most of Moscow's central streets today.
Officers pulled over trucks and other vehicles and searched for explosives.
Police also searched pedestrians and vehicles around key
administration buildings. And Mayor Yuri Luzhkov ordered extra security at
the city's airports, hospitals, academic institutions and industrial
Rebels conducted a string of suicide bombings against Russian military
targets in Chechnya earlier this month. Last September, more than 300
people were killed in apartment bombings in Moscow and other cities. The
Russian government blamed the rebels, but has revealed no conclusive proof
that they set off the explosives.