Russia arrests siblings of suspected airport bomber

9th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian authorities have arrested the brother and sister of the suspected suicide bomber who killed 36 people at a Moscow airport last month, news agencies reported Wednesday.

Russian police sources have identified the suspected suicide bomber as Magomed Yeloyev, a native of the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, which neighbours war-torn Chechnya.

This week, Ingush authorities also arrested Yeloyev's 16-year-old brother Akhmed and 22-year-old sister Fatima, the Interfax news agency reported.

ITAR-TASS said the police had also arrested a third alleged accomplice, identified as Umar Aushev, 23.

An Ingush court has ordered the siblings held for two months while probes into their alleged involvement in the attack on Russia's busiest airport continues, news reports said.

The January 24 strike on Domodedovo airport has been claimed by the Islamist Doku Umarov, who has taken credit for organising several deadly bombings since proclaiming himself head of the "Caucasus Emirate" movement in 2006.

© 2011 AFP

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