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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechens With Explosives Held

Two men from Chechnya carrying grenades and explosives hidden in their belts were arrested Tuesday in southwest Moscow, police said.

Moscow police spokesman Kiril Mazurin said police had been following the two men, both in their 20s, for several days and moved in to arrest them on a city street when they learned they were carrying the explosives. Each had about 300 grams of explosives, and they also had several grenades.

Mazurin said the two were apparently planning to plant the explosives at an unspecified location and not detonate them while still carrying the explosives. "We would not call them suicide bombers," he said.

Charges for illegal possession of explosives will be pursued against the men, Mazurin said.

Although both are from Chechnya -- one from Gudermes district, one from Nadterechny district -- Mazurin said officials knew of no connection between the suspects arrested Tuesday and the explosive-laden hostage-takers behind the Moscow theater attack.

Mazurin said the explosives were ready to detonate, but Moscow prosecutor Mikhail Avdyukov told Interfax that the devices weren't in a form that could have been used for an immediate attack.

"The seized explosives cannot be qualified as an explosive device, as they were not prepared for bombing," Avdyukov said, adding that the men had been registered as living in Moscow a month ago.