Moscow, July 5 (RFE/RL) -- A Russian Security
official says Chechen separatists were behind a bus bombing which
killed six people in Nalchik, capital of the Southern Russian autonomous republic of Kabardino-Balkaria last week.
Itar-Tass quoted Federal Security Service spokesman Aleksandr
Zdanovich as saying that an arrested bomb suspect, whose identity was
not disclosed, has said he had been acting on the instruction of
According to Zdanovich, the organizers of the terrorist act were
trying to destabilize the situation in the Northern Caucasus before
the second round of Russia's presidential elections.
There is no Chechen separatist comment on the accusation.
The bomb exploded in Nalchik, some 130 kilometers West of the
breakaway Chechen republic. The bus was en route from the Southern
Russian town of Mineralnye Vody to the capital of North Ossetia,