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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Terrorism in Russia?

A Russian airliner crashed and a second disappeared from radar about the same time Tuesday night after both planes took off from the Moscow airport, raising fears that terrorism was involved.

There was no word on survivors among the 89 people believed to be aboard the planes, which left from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, Russian news agencies reported.

President Vladimir Putin ordered an investigation by the nation's top intelligence agency, and security was tightened at airports across the country.

Authorities have expressed concern that separatist rebels in the breakaway republic of Chechnya (search) could carry out attacks linked to this Sunday's presidential election there. Rebels have been blamed for a series of terror strikes that have claimed hundreds of lives.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: CNN reports that the second plane wreckage has been found.

UPDATE 2: National Business Review reports that a bomb has also exploded on a street in Moscow. Itar-Tass news agency in Moscow also reports on the bus explosion.

UPDATE 3: Michael Silence is reporting that the top Russian security spokesman is saying that wreckage fragments show that there was no terrorist act on board the crashed jets. I'm curious as to how they can definitively determine that from fragments (other than determining that an incendiary device was not the cause of the crash).

UPDATE 4: Backcountry Conservative has a link filled roundup.


.: posted by Dave 8:36 PM

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