(Moscow Times) Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the deadly Moscow metro explosions in a short video posted on a rebel web site late Wednesday, hours after two new suicide bombings killed at least 12 people in Dagestan.
The authorities had blamed Umarov for the Moscow bombings on Monday, which killed 39 people and injured 85 others, and they promised Wednesday to boost security on transportation, including the introduction of metal detectors in the Moscow metro.
Umarov said in a 4 1/2-minute video clip that the bombings were carried out on his personal orders in retaliation for an attack on impoverished Ingush and Chechens who were gathering wild garlic outside the Ingush village of Arshty on Feb. 11. He said Federal Security Service commandos intentionally attacked the civilians with knives and then made fun of the corpses.
Senior Russian officials had suggested that the Moscow attacks were in retaliation for FSB operations in the North Caucasus that killed two senior Chechen militants in recent weeks.
“As you all know, two special operations were carried out to destroy the infidels and to send a greeting to the FSB on March 29 in Moscow,” Umarov said in the video published on the Kavkaz Center web site.
One bombing occurred in the Lubyanka metro station near the FSB’s headquarters.
Umarov, who said the video was recorded Monday, promised that the attacks would continue.
Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev vowed that Umarov would be “neutralized” but said capturing him depended on a host of factors, “including the weather.”