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Old 03-Apr-2010
Teenage Black widow 'was Moscow metro bomber'

last week suicide attack in russia which killed 40 people and more then 80 injured

Russian authorities say they are almost certain that one of the suicide bombers who attacked the Moscow Metro on Monday was a 17-year-old girl from Dagestan.

Russian daily Kommersant published a photo
of the suspect with her husband.

MOSCOW: Investigators believe that one of two women suicide bombers in the subway attacks that killed 40 people and injured more than 80, in Moscow (most of whom are still in hospital) this week was a baby-faced 17-year-old girl from a Muslim region who was the widow of a senior Caucasus militant killed by Russian security forces late last year.

Dagestan, like nearby Chechnya, is struggling to quell militant violence.

The teenager, Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova,was born in 1992 and lived in the Khasavyurtsky region of Dagestan had been married to Umalat Magomedov, slain in Dagestan in December last year. The Kommersant newspaper showed a photo of the two, both holding weapons, her head covered in the traditional dress of a religious Muslim woman from the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia.

Abdurakhmanova, whose last name has also been reported as Abdullayeva, is believed to have carried out the first suicide blast on Monday during the morning rush hour at the Lubyanka subway station, which is near the headquarters of the Russian security services, reports said.

She was from Dagestan, a Muslim region near Chechnya, and supposedly first established contact with the insurgents on the Internet, Kommersant reported. It said Magomedov was killed in a security operation on December 31, 2009.

The woman who carried out the other attack, at the Park Kultury station, has not yet been identified, officials said.
'Black widows'
The identity of the second bomber has not been confirmed, but Kommersant said she may have been the widow of another Chechen militant killed last year.

Abdurakhmanova is believed to have travelled to Moscow by bus with the other female suicide bomber from the Dagestan town of Kizlyar, near the Chechen border.
The death toll from their twin bombings rose to 40 on Friday after one man died from his wounds in hospital, officials said.
On Wednesday 12 people, nine of them police officers, were killed in two suicide bombings in Kizlyar.

In Moscow, the news that the attacks were carried out by women had fuelled speculation that they were so-called "black widows" - women married or related to militants killed by Russian forces in areas such as Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya.

Black widows have been involved in several major attacks in the North Caucasus and in Moscow.

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