29 Mar 2010 12:50

North Caucasian militants avenge killings of their leaders with metro blasts - Torshin

MOSCOW. March 29 (Interfax) - The Moscow metro explosions might have been the response of militants to recent successful police operations against their notorious leaders, Federation Council First Vice-Speaker Alexander Torshin told Interfax.

"In my opinion, the acts of terrorism in the Moscow metro were retaliation for the killing of odious militants in the North Caucasus, such as Said Buryatsky and Astemirov. Those militants had totally wild and revengeful abettors," he said.

The terrorist acts were well planned and perpetrated professionally, Torshin said. "There were two explosions in the metro during rush hour, which implied a large number of victims," he said.

"The explosion at the Lubyanka station was particularly daring. That explosion had a hidden motive, and the choice of Lubyanka was not accidental, as Federal Security Service agents were coming to work at that hour," he said.

It is most important not to panic and to realize the possibility of further attacks, he said.

"The choice of Monday following Palm Sunday was not accidental either. Police control loosened a bit after high concentration the day before," he said.

Society has once again lost vigilance, Torshin said. "We thought that the counter terrorist operation in the North Caucasus ended together with terrorist attacks. Yet, those who are fighting us do not think so. The latest terrorist acts are a confirmation to that," he said.

"It is necessary to enhance control over migrants. I support the proposal of the Investigation Committee of the Prosecutor General's Office head Alexander Bastrykin to take everyone's fingerprints and DNA samples," he said.