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Russia says militants seized with bomb in south

Published on Jan 12, 2014 6:14 AM

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Five members of a banned militant group were arrested in southern Russia on Saturday and a homemade bomb packed with shrapnel was defused, in another security scare weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Islamist militants have threatened to attack the games and suicide bombers killed at least 34 people last month in Volgograd, also in southern Russia.

President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his political and personal prestige on the success of the Olympics, has ordered safety measures beefed up nationwide after the attacks.

Russia's National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC) said the latest arrests were in Nalchik, a town about 300 km from Sochi in the Caucasus region, where insurgents want to carve out an Islamic state.

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