Russia's federal Anti-Terrorist Committee said today it had
detained six men suspected in a bombing in the southern city
of Pyatigorsk last month that killed three people and added
to security fears in the run-up to the Winter Olympics.
Russia is on security alert only weeks before it opens the
2014 Winter Games on February 7 in the southern Black Sea
resort of Sochi, some 270 km west of Pyatigorsk where
the car bomb went off.
The blast on December 27 blew out the windows of buildings in
an industrial neighbourhood of the spa resort town and badly
damaged a traffic police building.
The committee said the six men, who include one Azerbaijani
citizen, have admitted to carrying out the bombing and that
they were planning another attack on a larger scale.
It also said it opened criminal cases against the suspects
for murder and terrorism, among others.
Pyatigorsk lies in the Stavropol region next to the Krasnodar
area, which includes Sochi, and is just north of the volatile
North Caucasus plagued by near-daily violence in a
long-running Islamist insurgency.
Fresh security concerns arose ahead of the Sochi Games, a top
priority project for Moscow, after two bomb attacks killed at
least 34 people in late December in the city of Volgograd,
some 700 km northeast of Sochi.