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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgia Extradites Suspect in 1999 Apartment Bombings

A man suspected of involvement in deadly 1999 apartment bombings has been extradited to Moscow following his arrest in Georgia, officials said Tuesday.

Adam Dekkushev is suspected of plotting and carrying out two apartment bombings in Moscow and another in the southern city of Volgodonsk, the Federal Security Service and Prosecutor General's Office said in a joint statement.

Those blasts and one other in September 1999 killed about 300 people.

Dekkushev was extradited Sunday and put in the FSB's Lefortovo prison in Moscow, where he has already been questioned by investigators who confirmed his identity, the statement said.

Georgia's national television Channel One reported that the suspect was from the Kabardino-Balkaria region in the North Caucasus and had been fighting with Chechen rebels. Earlier reports had identified him as an ethnic Chechen.

The suspect lobbed a hand grenade at Georgian Security Ministry officers who came to arrest him, but one of the agents caught the grenade and tossed it away, Georgian TV reports said.

Channel One reported that Dekkushev had allegedly trained with Jordanian-born Chechen warlord Khattab, who was killed earlier this year. Russian authorities would not give any details of Dekkushev's arrest but said it followed "painstaking work" involving a series of meetings between Russian and Georgian security operatives and prosecutors.