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Terrorism suspected in deadly Russia bus blast

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-22

A bomb blast on a bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Monday killed at least five people and left another 17 wounded. Investigators believe an Islamist female suicide bomber was responsible, reports Russia’s Interfax news agency.

A bomb blast tore through a bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Monday killing at least five people, authorities said, with a suicide bomber suspected as being responsible.

The explosion also wounded 17 people, seven of whom were in grave condition, local investigators said. The attack was the deadliest outside Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region to take place in nearly three years.

“Today at 2:05pm, an unknown explosive device detonated on a passenger bus in the city of Volgograd, causing human casualties,” Russia’ National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement.

Russia’s Interfax news agency later reported that investigators suspect a female suicide bomber was responsible.

Citing a source in the regional Investigative Committee office, Interfax said identity documents belonging to the suspected bomber were found near the site and that she was believed to have been the wife of an Islamist militant.

Islamist insurgency

Insurgents who say they are fighting to create an Islamic state in Russia’s mostly Muslim North Caucasus have carried out deadly bombings inside and outside the region, made up of several provinces along Russia’s southern border.

The insurgents claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 37 people at Moscow airport in January, 2011, and two nearly simultaneous suicide bombings that killed 40 people on the Moscow subway in 2010.

Volgograd is a city of around one million people that lies 900 km (560 miles) southeast of Moscow and a few hundred kilometres north of the North Caucasus and Black Sea resort city of Sochi, where Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on the Games and ordered authorities to boost security in the North Caucasus, where the Islamist insurgency is rooted in two post-Soviet wars pitting Chechen separatists against the Kremlin.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-10-21

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