Bomb alert on Moscow-Grozny flight
Russia grounded a flight from Moscow to Grozny, the capital of the volatile North Caucasus region of Chechnya, after a bomb alert Sunday, the agency Interfax said, quoting the police.
Moscow airport "received information that a bomb was on board a YAK-42 aircraft on the Moscow-Grozny route", police said.
"The information was received at 4:14 pm (1214 GMT) and at 5:46 pm the plane touched down in Volgograd," southwest Russia, it said, adding that authorities were searching the craft and all 73 passengers had been evacuated.
Russia has in recent years been battling an increasingly deadly Islamist-fuelled insurgency in the North Caucasus regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia which has claimed scores of lives.
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