TEMPO.CO, Moscow – A female suicide bomber attacked a bus in Volgograd, southern Russia on Monday, October 21. According to the Russian federal investigative committee, the blast killed six people and wounded 32 others.
The bombing raises fear of further attack by Islamist militants as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February 2014 in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, not far from the Muslim occupied North Caucasus.
The Committee identified a woman, Naida Asiyalove, 30, from Dagestan, North Caucasus province, as the bomber. The Interfax news agency reported that the suspect's identity documents were found near the explosion site, and that she was believed to have been the wife of an Islamist militant.
"[The bomber] got on the bus at one of the stops and the explosion occurred almost immediately afterwards. This was confirmed by the surviving passengers," said Vladimir Markin, the committee's spokesman.
Russian state television broadcasted a footage taken from a camera on the bus driver's dashboard that shows an explosion as the bus travelled, sending shards of metal and glass flying. Passengers were scrambling out of the doors and windows after the bus had stopped.
GUARDIAN | ABDUL MANAN