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Russia: Police Detain Two Suspects In Kaspiisk Bombing

Vladikavkaz, Russia; 4 November 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Russian police say that they have detained two more men in connection with an explosion that killed 43 people during a military parade in the southern Russian city of Kaspiisk on 9 May. Abdul Musaev, spokesman for the regional Interior Ministry in the southern Russian republic of Daghestan, said today that authorities detained the two yesterday.

So far, police have picked up at least 12 people they suspect of direct involvement in the bombing. In addition, they have detained six Russian servicemen and senior officers on suspicion of stealing the mine that was used in the bombing.

Police blame the Chechen rebel commander Rappani Khalilov for organizing the attack. It was carried out on the holiday marking the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Daghestan borders the breakaway republic of Chechnya.