Naida Asiyalova Islamic female suicide bomber kills six in Russia bus attack
- AP, News Limited Network
- October 22, 2013
THIS is Naida Asiyalova, an Islamic female suicide bomber, who killed six and injured 37, some critically, in a bus attack in southern Russia.
The attack in Volgograd has added to security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The suspected bomber was named as Naida Asiyalova, 30, from the volatile region of Dagestan in southern Russia, where an Islamic insurgency has been simmering for more than a decade following two separatist wars in Chechnya. A grenade was also found under the bus.
Asiyalova was also alleged to be the spouse of a 21 year old rebel commander named Dmitry 'Giraffe' Sokolov and to have recently adopted Islam, Mail Online reported.
Russia’s Health Ministry indicated that most of the victims in the explosion sustained mine explosive-type wounds, caused by the bus’s paneling and the shattered glass.
Volgograd lies 650km to the northeast of the North Caucasus, while Sochi sits to the west along the Black Sea.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for Monday's suicide bombing, but it was the first outside the North Caucasus since Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov three months ago called for a resumption of attacks on civilians and urged militants to target the Sochi Games.
Russia in past years has seen a series of terror attacks on buses, airplanes and other forms of transportation, some of them carried out by suicide bombers. The last suicide attack on a bus was in 2008.
Umarov, who had claimed responsibility for the 2010 and 2011 bombings, ordered a halt to attacks on civilian targets because of the mass street protests against President Vladimir Putin in the winter of 2011-12. He reversed that order in July.
The suspected bomber was from Dagestan, one of the predominantly Muslim republics in the North Caucasus, said Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for the Investigative Committee, Russia's main investigative agency.
In a statement, he identified the suspect as 30-year-old Naida Asiyalova. Russian state television showed pictures of Asiyalova's passport.
Rasul Temirbekov, a spokesman for the Investigative Committee's branch in Dagestan, said the suspected bomber was married to an ethnic Russian, Dmitry Sokolov, whom she had met while both were university students in Moscow.
She encouraged him to become a rebel, and he quickly gained a reputation as an expert in explosives, Temirbekov said. Sokolov, whose nom de guerre is Abdull Jabbar, has been on the run.
Temirbekov said that the suspected suicide bomber had a fatal bone illness.
When the bus came to a stop, the video showed many passengers jumping out.
Markin said seven people died, including the suicide bomber, and 33 asked for medical assistance, 28 of whom were hospitalized. Emergency officials said about 40 people were on the bus.