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DATE=9/7/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RUSSIA / GRENADE (L-O) NUMBER=2-266221 BYLINE=EVE CONANT DATELINE=MOSCOW CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: At least sixteen people were injured early Thursday in Moscow when a man threw a grenade in a section of the city frequented by prostitutes. Moscow correspondent Eve Conant reports the bombing is the latest in a series that has raised concerns over security in Russian cities. TEXT: Moscow police said the suspects fled in a car after throwing a grenade at a group of prostitutes in the city's Sukharevskaya square. Several of the women and one man were hospitalized with shrapnel and blast wounds, mostly to the legs. Police officials played down suggestions of terrorist link to the attack, saying it was most likely part of an organized crime dispute over control of prostitution. Yevgenny Maximov, head of Moscow's criminal investigative police, says two people have been detained. ///ACT MAXIMOV IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND FADE UNDER/// He says, "the criminals have been detained and a case has been opened against them for attempted murder." Criminal attacks are common in Russia, but a series of explosions and bomb attacks over the past weeks has many Russians fearing for their safety. On Monday, a bomb ripped through a busy food market in central Russia, killing three people and injuring several others. Police linked that attack to organized crime. Also on Monday an explosive device was thrown into a store in St. Petersburg, causing property damage but no injuries. In early August, a bomb blast in an underground passageway in Moscow killed twelve people and injured more than one hundred. Officials said that attack could either have been crime related, or carried out by Chechen rebels. The recent attacks come one year after a series of deadly apartment bombings in Moscow and Russian cities that killed nearly 300 people. Russian officials blamed those bombings on Chechen separatists. The Chechens denied any involvement, but the apartment blasts were a key factor in raising public support for Moscow's military campaign in Chechnya. (Signed) NEB/EC/KL 07-Sep-2000 09:07 AM EDT (07-Sep-2000 1307 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .