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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Soldier Caught With Hexogen in Metro

A soldier carrying an explosive substance and an electric detonator was detained at the Komsomolskaya metro station, NTV television reported Saturday.

Sergei Guborev of the military prosecutor's office told NTV that a criminal investigation was underway, but gave no other details.

Itar-Tass said the soldier was detained Friday.

Authorities were not immediately available to comment on the report.

NTV television reported that the 19-year-old soldier was carrying hexogen, a high explosive that has been used by Chechen rebels.

Traces of hexogen were found in the wreckage of two passenger jets that fell from the sky almost at the same time on Aug. 24, killing all 90 people on board. Female suicide bombers have been blamed for the crashes.

Hexogen was also found in the ruins of Moscow apartment buildings that were bombed in 1999.

In February, an explosion ripped through a metro car traveling on the green line during rush hour, killing 41 people.

Authorities have blamed Chechen rebels.