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Friday, August 27, 2004

Top Russian Official: Plane Terror Likely

MOSCOW — A top Russian official acknowledged Thursday what many citizens already suspected that terrorism was the most likely cause of two jetliners crashing minutes apart, a feeling reflected in a newspaper headline warning that "Russia now has a Sept. 11." A day after officials stressed there were many possibilities besides terrorism, presidential envoy Vladimir Yakovlev told Russia's ITAR-Tass news agency that the main theory "all the same remains terrorism."
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From Blogs of War.

Terrorism Confirmed in Downing of Russian Plane

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One of two Russian airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously was brought down by a terrorist act, officials said Friday, after finding traces of explosives in the plane’s wreckage. A Web site connected to Islamic militants claimed the action was connected to Russia’s fight against Chechen separatists.

The planes, with 90 people aboard, went down within 20 minutes of each other Tuesday night.

“According to preliminary information, at least one of the air crashes … has been the result of a terrorist act,” a spokesman for the Federal Security Service, Sergei Ignatchenko, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. - AP via Yahoo! News

Update!!!!!!!!! Looks like both were terrorist attacks.

MOSCOW (AP) - Officials said Saturday they had found traces of an explosive on the wreckage of the second of two Russian airliners that crashed just minutes apart earlier this week. That would indicate terrorists caused both aviation tragedies.

Evidence of the explosive hexogen were found on the Tu-134 jetliner that crashed Tuesday in the Tula region, about 100 miles south of Moscow, said Sergei Ignatchenko, spokesman for the Federal Security Service.

Discovery of the explosive residue on the second jetliner was revealed one day after authorities said residue of the same explosive material was found on the wreckage of a Tu-154 that crashed farther south in Russia, near the town of Rostov.

Officials said the explosive residue showed terrorists brought down that plane.

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