Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

#IceBucketChallenge and hashtag activism

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users taking on the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to fight ALS

Read more

FOCUS

Israel's minorities and military service

Read more

ENCORE!

Montreal Stories

Read more

DEBATE

Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Guillaume Foliot, Deputy Director, World Food Programme in Burma

Read more

  • IS militants ‘behead’ missing US journalist in gruesome video

    Read more

  • Deadly airstrikes hit Gaza as ceasefire with Israel collapses

    Read more

  • Tentative peace in Ferguson despite second fatal shooting

    Read more

  • Suspected Ebola cases in Austria, new drug raises hopes

    Read more

  • WWII anniversary highlights best - and worst - of Paris police

    Read more

  • Headscarf at the beach sparks French MEP’s fury

    Read more

  • Iraqi army clashes with militants in Tikrit after retaking key dam

    Read more

  • Video: Life in under-siege Donetsk

    Read more

  • Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny

    Read more

  • ‘Let it be’: Londoners sick of Abbey Road tourists

    Read more

  • Australia to free children from immigration detention centres

    Read more

  • Nicaraguan army deployed to guard sea turtle nests

    Read more

Europe

Teenage widow identified as Moscow bombing suspect

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-04-03

One of the perpetrators of Moscow's metro bombings has been identified as the 17-year-old widow of a Dagestani Islamist militant, media reports said Friday, as the death toll rose to 40 following the death of a man wounded in Monday's twin attacks.

REUTERS - The 17-year-old widow of an Islamist militant from the North Caucasus is suspected of blowing herself up in suicide attacks that killed 40 people on the Moscow metro, a Russian law enforcement official said.
 
More than 50 people were killed and another 100 injured in suicide bombings this week in the Moscow metro and in a town in the turbulent North Caucasus region of Dagestan, raising fears of a new bombing campaign against the Russian heartland.
 

Photographs of a young woman released by the official, in a Russian law enforcement agency in Dagestan, showed her dressed in a black hijab and holding a grenade.
 
Another photograph of the same woman showed her holding a pistol. The same photograph was published in the Kommersant newspaper on Friday.
 
The source, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, named her as Dagestani-born Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova, the widow of 30-year-old Umalat Magomedov, a prominent insurgent killed by Russian forces on Dec. 31.
 
Magomedov, who was shown in the photographs holding an automatic pistol, styled himself as the "Emir of the mujahideen of the Vilayat Dagestan", a local Islamist group, the source said.
 
A spokesman for the Russian Prosecutor-General's main investigations unit declined to comment when asked about Abdurakhmanova and the photographs.
 
Two female suicide bombers -- known in the Russian media as "Black Widows" -- killed at least 40 people on packed Moscow metro trains during the rush hour on Monday.
 
The first bomb tore through a metro train just before 8 a.m. as it stood at the Lubyanka station, close to the headquarters of the FSB. A second bomb was detonated less than 40 minutes later in a train waiting at the Park Kultury metro station.
 
The suicide bombings in Moscow and Dagestan follow a surge of violence over the past year in the patchwork of North Caucasus republics, where Russia has fought two wars against Chechen separatists since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.
 
Russia's FSB security chief Alexander Bortnikov has blamed militant groups linked to the North Caucasus for the attacks but given no further details on the investigation.
 
Islamist Chechen rebels claimed responsibility on Wednesday for the Moscow metro bombings and threatened further attacks against Russian cities.
 
Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, who calls himself the "Emir of the Caucasus Emirate", said he had ordered the twin suicide bombings in Moscow to "destroy infidels" and in revenge for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's policies in the North
Caucasus.
 

Date created : 2010-04-02

  • RUSSIA

    Medvedev calls for 'severe' anti-terror measures on Dagestan visit

    Read more

  • RUSSIA

    'Emir of the Caucasus' claims responsibility for Moscow bombings

    Read more

  • RUSSIA

    Tough-talking Putin vows to hunt down bombing masterminds

    Read more

COMMENT(S)