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Putin blames same group for recent bombings.

RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the suicide bombings in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Wednesday were carried out by the same militant group that masterminded the twin terror attacks on Moscow subway stations on Monday.

Twelve people were killed and 23 injured in the twin suicide attacks on the police headquarters in Kizlyar.

" One more crime, one more terrorist act has been carried out in Dagestan," Putin said. The PM didn't rule out that the " same gang was at work". " It is not important for us where this crime was carried out and people of what nationality and confession fall victims to criminals," Putin said. " We believe this crime is aimed against Russia." He directed interior minister Rashid Nurgaliyev to propose measures to strengthen the police force in the North Caucasus republics, including Dagestan.

Russia is on alert after double suicide bombings on the Moscow metro stations.

Putin called on the security forces to " scrape from the sewers" those responsible for the attacks.

Investigators said the bombers were linked to militants in the North Caucasus.

Although no one has yet claimed responsibility for either of the attacks, both bear the hallmarks of previous suicide bombings carried out by Islamist militants from the restive region.

Last month, Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov had warned that " his fighters' zone of military operations will be extended to the territory of Russia." " The war is coming to their cities," Umarov had said.

In Wednesday's attacks, the first suicide bomber detonated his explosives when the police tried to stop his car as he drove into the centre of Kizlyar, Nurgaliyev said.

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Date:Apr 1, 2010
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