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Investigators probing into Monday’s bomb attack against a Moscow-St. Petersburg express train have identified the first suspect
Investigators probing into Monday’s bomb attack against a Moscow-St. Petersburg express train have identified the first suspect, Russia’s Deputy Prosecutor-General Alexander Bastrykin told the media. “There have appeared the first pieces of information about a potential suspect,” Bastrykin, the chief of the Prosecutor-General’s Office investigation committee told the media on the site of the incident. He would not elaborate, adding that the details constituted an investigation secret. The deputy prosecutor-general said it was too early to discuss the motives of the crime. Several versions are being considered. “A final one has not been chosen yet, but terrorist attack is among the likely ones. We cannot exclude some others,” he added. According to the official, the yield of the bomb measured about three kilograms of TNT. It was a contact-type explosive device. For his part, North Western Transport Prosecutor’s Office representative Yekaterina Mirishova told Itar-Tass the Russian Railways Company RZD suffered great losses. “The locomotive and most cars are strongly damaged. So is over 1,000 meters of railway track. The explosion left a crater under the right hand-side rail and fragments of the explosive device were found around it.” Earlier, the deputy chief of the Interior Ministry’s transport law and order department, Major-General Georgy Fomenko, said a witness was helping specialists to put together identikit images of suspects in the Moscow-St. Petersburg railway terrorist blast. “A list of witnesses has been drawn up who say they had often seen suspicious persons on the site of the train’s crash. With their help identikit images will be made to be used in further investigation efforts,” Fomenko said, adding that no witnesses of the incident proper had been found so far. The Interior Ministry’s press-center said transport police are conducting investigation work at the stations and in all communities between Moscow and St. Petersburg, questioning passengers, examining the rolling stock and searching for any witnesses of the incident.” There is the suspicion that the explosive device was detonated from a distance. “As a result of preliminary investigative measures it has been established that an unidentified explosive device planted under the rail track was blown up in front of the locomotive of the Moscow-St. Petersburg train Nevsky Ekspress. Apparently, the bomb was a remote-controlled one.”
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