Two of the five men detained on Thursday in a counterterrorism operation in Nazran, in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, are suspected of involvement in a notorious terrorist attack on a market in Vladikavkaz in fall 2010, a law enforcement source in Ingushetia told RIA Novosti on Friday.
“Geleani Bogolov and Islam Galaev are suspects in the investigation of the explosion at the market in Vladikavkaz,” the source said.
Nineteen people died in the blast in the central market in the capital of Russia’s republic of North Ossetia, Vladikavkaz, in September 2010. Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee said previously that only one of the five was related to the investigation.
The police suspect all five men of participating in illegal armed groups and aiding terrorists. The police operation also discovered three arms caches and two large homemade bombs, which were deactivated.
Terrorist attacks are common in Russia’s North Caucasus republics, including Dagestan and Chechnya, but most target security forces or officials.