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Russia: 6 men found dead in 4 cars, some rigged with explosives, near volatile Caucasus

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 file photo police officers guard the site of an explosion after a parked car exploded outside a cafe in downtown Pyatigorsk, a city in southern Russia. A series of unexplained killings in southern Russia involving booby-trapped bombs has further heightened security fears ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi. A spokesman for Russia's main investigative agency, said in a statement that no motive had yet been found for the killings on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 on the outskirts of Pyatigorsk, which is the center of an administrative district created in 2010 to coordinate efforts to combat the insurgency. (AP Photo/Viktor Korotayev, File)
January 09, 2014 - 1:34 AM

MOSCOW - Russian investigators are trying to determine who killed six men whose bodies were found in four cars abandoned in an area of southern Russia close to the volatile Caucasus Mountains.

Three of the cars were rigged with explosive devices, but only one of the bombs went off and no one was hurt.

The killings are further heightening security concerns ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which also lies near the Caucasus region, where an Islamic insurgency is simmering.

Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia's main investigative agency, said in a statement issued Thursday that Federal Security Service officers had joined the investigation. He said no motive had yet been determined.

The cars with the six dead men were discovered Wednesday on the outskirts of the city of Pyatigorsk.

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