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Russia probes

‘car bomber’ death

Russian prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the death of a man who was questioned by Moscow police over a suspected car bomb plot. Prosecutors have said that the man died in hospital from bodily injuries, but police initially claimed that he had had a heart attack. The man, named as Alexander Pumane, was detained in Moscow last Saturday. He reportedly told police he had been paid money to park two cars containing explosives on Kutuzovsky Prospekt, a street often used by top officials.

Police said that after stopping Pumane – a former navy submariner from St Petersburg – they found two wired-up landmines and 200 grams of TNT in his car. Police said he appeared intoxicated and later suffered a heart attack in police custody. But the Moscow prosecutor’s office has launched a criminal investigation into his death.