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  • 11 November 2013, 11:27

Moscow Airport Bomb Trio Jailed For Life

Three men have been jailed for life and another for 10 years over their role in a suicide bombing at a Moscow airport which killed 37 people.

Chechen warlord Doku Umarov said he ordered the attack at Domodedovo airport in January 2011 as part of an Islamist insurgence against Russian rule of the North Caucasus.

Brothers Islam and Ilez Yandiyev and Bashir Khamkhoyev were jailed for offences including commissioning an act of terror, murder and attempted murder.

Russian authorities established the identity of the suicide bomber as Magomed Yevloyev.

The Moscow regional court ordered Yevloyev's brother Akhmed, who was accused together with Khamkhoyev of giving Yevloyev accommodation in the city of Nazran, providing him with money and putting him on a bus to Moscow, to serve a 10-year sentence.

Akhmed Yevloyev denied knowing his brother had planned to attack the Moscow airport, according to Interfax reports from the courtroom.

Islam Yandiyev acknowledged his role in the attack and asked the court for forgiveness while Khamkhoyev denied his guilt, the news agency said.

Vladimir Putin sent troops to Chechnya to halt a separatist rebellion in 1999, when he was prime minister, but Russia still faces almost daily violence in the North Caucasus in his third term as president.

Umarov has urged his fighters to use "maximum force" to sabotage the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in February.