Woman linked to Moscow twin blasts detained

April 18th, 2010 - 6:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Lithuanian woman, suspected to have links with last month’s twin suicide blasts at Moscow subway stations that killed 40 people, has been detained, a media report said Sunday.
The 20-year-old woman from western Lithuanian city of Klaipeda was detained at the Vilnius international airport while trying to board a Moscow-bound flight shortly before two bombs detonated during the morning rush hour at Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations March 29.

Lithuanian special services are looking into possible involvement of the woman in the deadly twin blasts at Moscow’s two metro stations, the Lietuvos Rytas newspaper reported.

The woman attracted attention of Lithuanian special services as she persistently tried to obtain a Russian visa.

A search in the airport revealed that the woman had information on explosive devices and their use in her luggage, as well as Moscow metro maps.

Subsequent investigation revealed that she had a Chechen friend, who perished after returning to his homeland in 2007. The girl soon ran from home and was found six months later in a small German town where she lived in a Chechen family.

She used to say that she wanted to convert to Islam and after returning to Klaipeda maintained contacts with other Chechens living there.

Prosecutor General’s offices in Lithuania and Russia, as well as Lithuanian State Security Department did not comment on the report.

Suicide bombers who set off the bombs, killing 40 people and injuring over 100, have already been identified as Dzhanet Abdurakhmanova (Abdulayeva), born in 1992, and Mariam Sharipova, a 28-year-old school teacher from the Russian North Caucasian republic of Dagestan.

A law enforcement official said Friday that Russian police had detained the suspects in the deadly blast, but a spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee later denied the reports.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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