MOSCOW: Security forces are searching for an ethnic Russian member of a North Caucasus Islamist group suspected of involvement in the Moscow airport bombing which killed 35, a leading daily reported thursday.
Monday’s suicide attack in the arrival hall of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport bore the hallmarks of Islamist insurgents from the North Caucasus, on Russia’s southern flank. No group has claimed responsibility, which left some 130 injured.
The daily Kommersant, citing unnamed sercurity sources, said the wanted man was named Razdobudko and a resident of the Stavropol province, which borders on provinces of the North Caucasus inhabited by mostly Muslim non-Russian ethnic minorities.
It said Razdobudko was believed to be a member of the Nogai Jamaat, an insurgent group based in Dagestan, a province at the heart of a growing Islamist insurgency fuelled by two post-Soviet separatist wars in neighbouring Chechnya.