Female Suicide Bomber Behind Russia Bus Blast

Death toll stands at 6

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 21, 2013 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A bomb blast rocked a passenger bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd today, and officials say a female suicide bomber was behind the attack, which killed six people and injured about 30. The suspected bomber, 30-year-old Naida Asiyalova, was from the North Caucasus, a region in southern Russia where an Islamic insurgency has been simmering for more than a decade following two separatist wars in Chechnya. A local official says the suspected attacker was married to an Islamic militant.

A spokesman for Russia's main investigative agency says Asiyalova was from Dagestan, where bombings and shootings occur almost daily. Another spokesperson says she had a fatal bone illness. He says Asiyalova's husband, Dmitry Sokolov, is an ethnic Russian, whom she had encouraged to become a rebel. Sokolov, also known as Abdul Jabba, quickly gained a reputation as an expert in explosives, he says, and is now on the run.

The damaged bus is examined by experts in Volgograd.   (Sergei Ivanishin)
The damaged bus is examined by experts in Volgograd.   ((AP Photo/Emergency Ministry Press Service, Volgograd Branch))
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