Suspected 'Black Widow' Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 5 On Bus In Russia
October 21, 2013
Russia: Suspected Suicide Bus Bombing Kills FiveRussian police suspect a female suicide bomber was responsible for an explosion aboard a bus which killed at least 5. By Ari Soffer First Publish: 10/21/2013, 4:28 PM
A bomb attack on a bus in the Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least five people, according to officials.
Police say they suspect the bombing, which also injured more than a dozen others, was carried out by a female suicide bomber.
Russia has long been a target of Islamist terrorism, particularly from the Caucasus, who object to what they see as the Russian occupation of the majority Muslim territories of Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya.
Russian forces fought a two-decade campaign against Chechen separatists, and the Russian mainland has seen a string of terrorist atrocities over the past decades.
But Russian backing for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has given Islamists another reason to place Russia in their cross hairs.
Assad hails from the Alawite sect of Islam, an offshoot of Shia Islam, and is backed by Shia Islamist power Iran. The rebels, meanwhile, are mostly Sunni Muslims. The bloody civil war between the two sides - now in its third year - has taken on an increasing sectarian flavor, and is being viewed by Islamists on both sides of the conflict as an extension of the age-old struggle between the two largest competing strands of Islam (Sunnism and Shi'ism).
Russia's staunch support - both militarily and diplomatically - for the Assad regime, has fueled calls by Islamists for a new wave of attacks against it, and has even seen it take the place previously reserved for the U.S. as "public enemy number one" in some Islamist circles.
Terrorists among us: Militant's wife behind Volgograd suicide blast
Published time: October 21, 2013 22:31
The 30-year-old female suicide bomber responsible for the deadly blast in Volgograd, central Russia, was a Dagestani national and allegedly the wife of a militant. She reportedly converted her husband to radical Islam to join the Dagestan rebels.
nodeIndex="5">Naida Asiyalova, also known as ‘Amaturahman,' blew herself up on a bus at around 2:05 p.m. Moscow time (10:05 GMT) on Monday, killing six people and injuring 37 - including a 20-month-old child.
nodeIndex="6">The bomb detonated "almost immediately" after she entered the bus, which was heading away from the heart of the city, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.
According to Dagestan security sources, Asiyalova was the alleged wife of Dmitry Sokolov – a militant in Makhachkala.
The couple and two other militants, Ruslan Kazanbiyev and Kurban Omarov, both 25, conspired to carry out a terrorist attack in the Russian capital. However, for some reason, the woman detonated her explosive device in Volgograd.
Asiyalova and Sokolov reportedly studied together at a Moscow university, where she recruited him to radical Islam. They later left the capital to join rebel groups in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan.
The fact that a young man from the Moscow suburbs was recruited by rebels indicates the rapid expansion of the social base of terrorism, Artur Ataev, senior researcher at the Russian Institute of Strategic Research, told RT.
nodeIndex="11">Sokolov was reported missing in July 2012 after he failed to return home from Arabic language courses that he attended at one of the capital's mosques, according to Liza Alert, the search team that tried to locate him two years ago.
Sokolov, 21, is wanted in Dagestan for taking part in two terrorist explosions in which at least 29 people were injured. Sokolov is also known as ‘Abdul Jabbar.' ...
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