. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suspected Organizer of July Attack Held

Police and secret service agents have arrested a suspected organizer of last month's double suicide bombings at the Tushino rock concert, which killed 17, including the two female attackers, officials said Wednesday.

The suspect, Deni Elikhadzhiyev, 19, is a brother of Zalikhan Elikhadzhiyeva, the first suicide bomber at Tushino, and was arrested in the Ingush capital, Nazran, last week by a group of Federal Security Service agents and Interior Ministry commandos flown in from Moscow, local media reported Wednesday.

During questioning, Elikhadzhiyev revealed that he had a hideout in the settlement of Nasyr-Kort, near Nazran, Gazeta reported. There, investigators found a cache of weapons and a notebook with plans for the July 5 attack, the newspaper said.

Confronted with the notebook, Elikhadzhiyev admitted to having helped organize the attack and said he drove the two suicide bombers to Tushino in a Lada sedan, Kommersant reported.

Investigators suspect Elikhadzhiyev may have coordinated the two bombers' activities at Tushino via cellphone, the newspaper said. He also is suspected of having fought with the Chechen rebels.

In addition to the Tushino plans, the notebook contains plans for other attacks and the addresses of locations in the Moscow region where explosives have been hidden, Kommersant said, citing Ingush law enforcement officials.

FSB agents and police raided one such site in southern Moscow on Tuesday, seizing a suicide belt with 500 grams of TNT and two grenade launchers, a Moscow police official said Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the raid on a liquor warehouse on 18 Ulista Delovaya was part of an ongoing investigation into the Tushino attack but insisted that police had acted on their own information, not from information provided by Elikhadzhiyev.

Six suicide belts were seized in a raid of in a vacant house in Tolstopaltsevo, about 25 kilometers southwest of Moscow, on July 25. Investigators said at the time that they had acted on a tip from a Chechen woman who unsuccessfully tried to detonate an explosives-filled bag in a restaurant on Tverskaya-Yamskata Ulitsa a few days earlier. The bag exploded on the street, killing a sapper who was trying to defuse it.

FSB officials declined to comment on Elikhadzhiyev's arrest Wednesday. Ingush Interior Ministry officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Police said last month that they suspected a middle-aged woman helped organize the bombings at Tushino and the botched attack on the restaurant. That suspect remains at large, the Moscow police official said Wednesday.