Three charged over twin plane bombings

Three people have been charged in connection with last month’s bombings of two Russian airliners, the Interfax news agency reported today.

Three people have been charged in connection with last month’s bombings of two Russian airliners, the Interfax news agency reported today.

The two planes blew up almost simultaneously on the night of August 24, killing 90 people and marking the start of a series of deadly terrorist attacks blamed on Chechen rebels.

Nearly 440 people have died in the attacks, which included a terrifying school hostage-taking in Beslan.

Police Captain Mikhail Artamonov, arrested earlier this month, was charged with negligence that led to fatalities, Interfax said, quoting prosecutors.

Artamonov is accused of releasing the two women suspected of carrying bombs onto the planes without even inspecting their belongings. Two police patrolmen had turned the women over to him, presumably because of their Chechen ethnicity, which often results in extra police checks.

After being let go, the women allegedly obtained tickets from a tout at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, Russian Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov said earlier this month.

The tout then gave part of the money he received from the women to an airline employee – to get them on the planes, Ustinov said.

The airline employee, Nikolai Korenkov and the ticket tout, Armen Arutyunian, were arrested earlier this month. Both were charged today with complicity in terrorism, Interfax said.

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