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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bomb Attack Prevented in Moscow

Security officials prevented a bomb attack in Moscow the day before the country celebrated a national holiday last week, police said Monday.

The Federal Security Service and city police detained a 29-year-old man from Dagestan with a 500-gram explosive device on a trolleybus in northwest Moscow on Feb. 22.

"The 'hellish device' was in a solid cylinder, and filled with buckshot, nails and other pieces of metal," the police said in an e-mailed statement. The man, identified as Farid Magomedov, was traveling to a metro station and had a remote-controlled detonator in his pocket, police said.

The arrest came one day before five policemen were killed when a bomb exploded in Chechnya on Defenders of the Fatherland Day.

Five more officers lost their lives Monday in a blast in the region, Interfax reported.