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    RUSSIAN SPECIAL SERVICES TO HELP UZBEKISTAN INVESTIGATE RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS

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    MOSCOW, April 3, 2004. (RIA Novosti). Russian special services offered to help Uzbekistan investigate the recent terrorist attacks on Tashkent and Bukhara, deputy director of the Russian Federal Security Service and head of the CIS Anti-Terrorist Center Boris Mylnikov told journalists in Moscow.

    "We can help search for and detain criminals and carry out various criminological and bomb checks as we boast higher technical possibilities," Mr. Mylnikov said.

    "As far as we know, the US also offered assistance to Uzbekistan," he added.

    "Uzbekistan is an equal member of the CIS Anti-Terrorist Center and we are constantly exchanging information. However, Uzbekistan has its own views of state security," Boris Mylnikov noted.

    Meanwhile, "no Central Asian country can combat potential threats single-handed," he stressed.

    "The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) is searching for international criminals within the framework of its agreement with Uzbek special services," FSB spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko told RIA Novosti.

    Five terrorist attacks recently hit Uzbekistan. The last one was committed by a suicide bomber on Thursday evening. One person was killed as a result.

    Three explosions killed 19 and wounded 26 people on Monday.

    All in all, 30 people were killed in terrorist acts, including nine Uzbek law enforcers.

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