Suspects Nabbed

by Nathan Hamm on 7/31/2004

r132112885Uzbek officials have arrested suspects after identifying one of the three suicide bombers.

Police rounded up people suspected of involvement in Friday’s bombings near the U.S. and Israeli embassies and the state prosecutor’s office in Tashkent, Itar-TASS news agency said Saturday as the death toll rose to three.

It quoted Interior Minister Zakirdzhon Almatov as saying the ministry had identified one of the three suicide bombers who carried out Friday’s attack but declined to reveal the bomber’s name or say how many suspects had been arrested.

Life outside the area where most embassies are located has apparently returned to normal.

The blasts sites were sealed off by police in bright green uniforms and helmeted soldiers in full combat gear. The embassies showed almost no visible signs of damage.

The number of police on duty was stepped up outside all countries’ embassies and at busy crossroads.

But outside the diplomatic quarter and away from the main thoroughfares, life in Tashkent appeared to be going on as normal.


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