Security services killed three people involved in the suicide attacks on the Moscow metro in March after they refused to surrender, Russia’s security chief said on Thursday.
Two female suicide bombers, who officials say were natives of Russia’s North Caucasus region of Dagestan, blew themselves up at two central underground stations, killing 40 people.
Alexander Bortnikov, head of the FSB domestic security service, said secret agents had tracked down three gang members, including one who escorted the suicide bombers to Moscow and another one who led the women to the scene.
“To our great regret, we did not manage to seize them alive,” Russian channels showed Bortnikov reporting to President Dmitry Medvedev. “They put on stiff armed resistance and were destroyed.”