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Policeman arrested over terror attack


A Russian police captain has been arrested in connection with last month's twin plane bombings by suspected Chechen suicide bombers that killed 90 people, Interfax reported on Tuesday, citing sources close to the inquiry.

Captain Mikhail Artamonov was ordered to be detained for 30 days under anti-terrorist legislation. Investigators are studying what charges to bring against him, the sources told the news agency.

Two men accused of helping the two suspected Chechen female suicide bombers to board the flights at Moscow's Domodedovo airport on Aug. 24 in return for bribes -- an airline employee and a middleman -- have already been arrested.

The women's passports were handed over to a police captain for verification but the unidentified captain released them without carrying out any document checks or physical searches.

The planes went down on the night of Aug. 24. One was a Tupolev 154 with 46 people aboard on a flight from Moscow to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the other a Tupolev 134 with 44 people aboard flying from Moscow to Volgograd. All 90 people on both planes were killed.

Both planes left the same Moscow airport, Domodedovo, within one hour of each other. They went down at almost exactly the same moment in locations in southern and central Russia hundreds of kilometers apart.

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