Islamist group dismisses responsibility for Russia bombs

A pro-independence Islamist group rejected responsibility for bombings that killed 39 people in two Moscow metro stations.

Islamist group dismisses responsibility for Russia bombs

A pro-independence Islamist group led by a prominent Chechen insurgent rejected responsibility on Wednesday for bombings that killed 39 people in two Moscow metro stations.

"We did not carry out the attack in Moscow, and we don't know who did it," Shemsettin Batukaev, a spokesman for the Caucasus Emirate organisation, told Reuters by telephone in Turkey.

The spokesman said the group planned attacks on economic targets inside Russia, but not against civilians. Its leader, Doku Umarov, vowed last month to spread a Caucasian insurgency to Russian cities.

The Caucusus Emirate aims to create a pan-Caucasus, sharia-based state separate from Russia.

"Of course we plan on attacking Russian economic targets, but our plans do not include attacks on people," said Batukaev, who lives in Istanbul and acts as the group's foreign representative.

He said that he did not know who was behind two bombings in Dagestan that killed 12 people on Wednesday, but did not deny the possibility that his organisation was involved.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for Moscow's worst bomb attack in six years.

Reuters

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