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    MOSCOW, MARCH 16, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - A power-transmission line was damaged by explosive devices in the Moscow region's Leninsky district the other day; the latest power-transmission blasts amount to terrorist acts on the Moscow region's territory, Moscow-region governor Boris Gromov told the regional government's session here today.

    According to Gromov, the latest incident is the fifth over the last four years. Such attacks were launched against regional gas pipelines and power-transmission lines. Terrorists recently blew up a local gas pipeline in order to deprive Moscow of gas.

    Moscow-region authorities must completely thwart such terrorist acts; this must become the last such regional outrage, Mr. Gromov told his audience.

    The police must watch gas pipelines and power-transmission lines more actively, Mr. Gromov stressed.

    Specialized groups will be established inside the Moscow region's municipal entities, keeping an eye on gas pipelines and power-transmission lines, the governor told those present.

    On March 15 people working for the Moscow-based power-network enterprise located three damaged LEP-500 pylons along the Crimea highway's 23-rd kilometer and 30 meters from the curb.

    Operatives serving with the main police department and a local FSB (Federal Security Service) division arrived at the scene, finding out that pylon struts were damaged by an explosion. Moreover, they located a home-made explosive device on one of the struts, RIA Novosti's interlocutor added.

    FSB officers used a special robot to explode the bomb, what with bomb-squad experts subsequently establishing that the home-made bomb consisted of three RPG-7 rocket-launcher rounds, an electric detonator and an electronic time-piece, the source noted.

    Two other rocket-launcher rounds, as well as a piece of fabric resembling the flag of the so-called Chechnya-Ichkeria republic, were found on the snow near the LEP-500 pylons, the source went on to say.

    The prosecutor's office, which has instituted criminal proceedings, perceives this as a terrorist act.

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