– RUSSIA VOLGOGRAD SUICIDE BOMBING KILLED 17
An explosion at a train station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd has killed 17 people on Sunday 12/29/2013, reports say.
A female suicide bomber (Black Widow) was thought to be responsible for the blast, Russia’s anti-terrorism committee said. A suspected female suicide bomber killed at least six people when she attacked a bus in the city in October.
Moscow is concerned militant groups could be ramping up violence in the run up to the the 2014 winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi in six weeks.
Volgograd, the former World War II iconic Stalingrad, lies about 900km (560 miles) south of Moscow, 650km north of the North Caucasus and 700km north-east of Sochi.
Security would be stepped up at train stations and airports, said a federal police spokesman.
“Initial indications are that the blast was set off by a female suicide bomber,” said the National Anti-Terror Committee said in a statement.
A nearby security camera facing the station caught the moment of the blast, showing a bright orange flash behind the station’s main doors. A packed train from Moscow, just minutes away from arriving at the station when the bomb went off, is thought to have been the intended target.
In July 2013, Chechen insurgent leader Doku Umarov posted an online video urging militants to use “maximum force” to prevent the Games from going ahead.
* The suicide bomber was identified, after few hours, as Oksana Aslanova,26, who was twice married and had lost both husbands in militant attacks. Oksana Aslanova is said to have set off her suicide vest – packed with 20lb of explosive wrapped in nuts, bolts and ball bearings – as police officers approached her.
** Despite the initial identification of Oksana Aslanova as the “Black Widow” suicide bombe rRussia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) named, on Thursday 01/30/2014, Asker Samedov and Suleyman Magomedov as the two suicide bombers in the attacks. Asker Samedov and Suleyman Magomedov were members of a group based in the town of Buynaksk in Dagestan. Two brothers were arrested in Dagestan on Thursday suspected of helping them have been arrested in Dagestan, it added.
A video posted online on 19 January by a group calling itself Vilayat Dagestan showed what appear to be the two bombers donning explosive belts and brandishing guns.The NAK said the identities of the dead bombers had been established earlier but not released “for operational reasons”.
** Security forces in Russia’s troubled Dagestan region have shot dead, on 02/05/2014, Dzhamaldin Mirzayev, 30, the suspected organiser of the Volgograd suicide bombings during a house siege. Dzhamaldin Mirzayev died along with another man after opening fire on security forces surrounding the house, Russian security sources say.
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