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Russia's FSB Says Umarov Loyalist Behind Attacks

Security forces attend the scene of a bomb attack at a police station in Chechnya on September 16 that killed three people.
GROZNY -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says a subordinate of Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov is behind attacks in Chechnya and Ingushetia that killed three police officers.

The head of Chechnya's FSB branch, Andrei Seryozhnikov, accused Umarov of ordering the attacks but said the commander of the Sunzha wing of the North Caucasus insurgency, Beslan Makhauri -- who was reportedly killed three years ago -- actually organized the bombings.

A car bombing outside a police station in Chechnya's Sunzhen district killed three police officers and wounded four others on September 16.

In Ingushetia's Sunzhen district on the same day, an attack failed when police stopped a vehicle loaded with an estimated 200 kilograms of explosives, which blew up during a shoot-out.

An attempted suicide bombing in Ingushetia also failed when police detained the bomber before he could detonate his explosives.

With reporting by Interfax