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Russia: High Security Continues In Moscow Amid Suicide Bomb Concerns

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 buildings.

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.