MOSCOW - Russia's federal Anti-Terrorist Committee said on Friday it had detained six men suspected in a bombing in the southern city of Pyatigorsk last month that killed three people and added to security fears in the run-up to the Winter Olympics.

Russia is on security alert only weeks before it opens the 2014 Winter Games on February 7 in the southern Black Sea resort of Sochi, some 270 km (170 miles) west of Pyatigorsk where the car bomb went off.

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The blast on December 27 blew out the windows of buildings in an industrial neighborhood of the spa resort town and badly damaged a traffic police building.

The committee said the six men, who include one Azerbaijani citizen, have admitted to carrying out the bombing and that they were planning another attack on a larger scale.

It also said it opened criminal cases against the suspects for murder and terrorism, among others.

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