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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow on Alert

MOSCOW -- Police were put on alert Friday following threats by Chechen rebels to stage terrorist attacks in Russia, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

"We are in a stepped-up stage of patrol,'' the spokesman said. Officers were checking railroad and bus terminals, airports, markets and other crowded places. Itar-Tass reported Thursday that police arrested a man carrying a home-made explosive device in Komsomolskaya metro station.

The report cited Arzamastsev as saying that seven criminal cases were instituted over the past 24 hours against people for allegedly carrying weapons or explosives on the subway.