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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tenth Suspect Detained in Russian Caucasus Bombings

A tenth suspect was detained in connection with a one-day series of bombings that killed 23 people in the tense Caucasus Mountains region of southern Russia last month and injured scores more, Russian media reported Sunday.

Albert Laipanov, 24, was detained late last month in the Russian republic of Karachayevo-Cherkessiya, the site of one of the three bombings on March 24, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. Police in the republic said that Laipanov had been detained but could not confirm that the detention was tied with the blasts in Karachayevo-Cherkessiya and the nearby towns of Mineralnye Vody and Yessentuki, which together killed at least 23 people and wounded 144 more.

ITAR-Tass reported that Laipanov had secretly traveled to Chechnya before the bombings for training, and had also fought federal troops in the breakaway republic. Police have blamed Chechen rebels for organizing the three blasts, but rebel Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov released a statement denying any role.