Three militants involved in Moscow bombing killed

Three militants involved in Moscow bombing killed

Three men of the gang, including the one who had brought the female suicide attackers to Moscow and accompanied one of them to the site, were killed, FSB Security Service Chief Alexander Bortnikov said during his meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev.

"The three men of the gang to our great regret, could not be captured alive. They posed stiff armed resistance at the time of arrest and were destroyed," he was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS news agency.

Investigators had identified the suicide bombers as Dzhanat Abdurakhmanova (Abdulayeva), 17, and Mariyam Sharipova, 28, both residents of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Daghestan.

More than 40 people were killed and 160 injured in the terror strikes on Moscow's busy Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations during morning rush hours.Meanwhile, in a fresh attack eight technicians were killed and several policemen were injured in an ambush by militants in Daghestan.

The technicians were on their way to repair a TV and cellular communication tower, when their vehicle blew up by a landmine planted on the road side. A police column moving on the same road came under fierce fire from the militants, Newsru website reported."During the pursuit of the gang that attacked the TV relay tower, four police officers received minor injuries," a police officer was quoted as saying by the website.