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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Two Policemen Detained in Bombings

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia -- Authorities have detained two policemen suspected of involvement in bomb attacks that killed dozens of people this summer in Moscow and North Ossetia, an official said Saturday.

The two police officers were detained Friday in Kabardino-Balkaria, said Alexander Oleinikov, an official in the Interior Ministry's southern branch.

Oleinikov said the two are suspected of involvement in a double suicide bombing at a rock concert at Tushino Airfield that killed 15 bystanders in July and an August suicide truck bombing that killed 50 people at a military hospital in Mozdok, North Ossetia.

They were detained in a joint operation by the Interior Ministry and the Kabardino-Balkaria branch of the Federal Security Service, he said.

Oleinikov said the names of the suspects, who work for the Interior Ministry in Kabardino-Balkaria, were being withheld pending investigation.

The two attacks were part of a series of bombings in and around Chechnya and in Moscow that have killed more than 150 people since May.

Officials have blamed Chechens for most of the attacks, including the rock concert bombing.

A woman from Chechnya was also blamed for a bomb blast that killed an explosives expert outside a restaurant in central Moscow shortly after the concert attack.

In Mozdok, a staging point for the second military campaign in Chechnya in the past decade, a suicide truck bombing killed 50 people last month and a woman detonated explosives outside a bus, killing at least 16 people.

Sixteen servicemen were killed and 31 others wounded in Chechnya between Thursday and Saturday, an official in the pro-Moscow Chechen administration said on condition of anonymity. Two police officers were killed and three wounded, the official said.

Three of the servicemen died and seven were wounded in a clash with rebels that broke out when Russian forces were conducting a security sweep in the village of Goiskoye in the Urus-Martan district in southern Chechnya on Thursday, the official said.