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Siberian woman alleged to be 'black widow' suicide bomber in terrorist strike in Volgograd

By The Siberian Times reporter
29 December 2013

Oksana Aslanova, 26, born in Tyumen region, named as killer in train station massacre.

Russia's interior ministry said it was immediately stepping up security at all the nation's main train stations and airports. Picture: Russian Interior Ministry

At least 16 were killed in the attack on Volgograd railway station in southern Russia just six weeks before the 2014 Winter Olympics. Law enforcement officials named Islamic 'black widow' Oksana Aslanova, 26, as being responsible for the carnage. 

While DNA tests had not confirmed this, Aslanova was widely reported as being the perpetrator. She had been on the wanted list for almost two years.

Russian news source Life News published a picture of what it reported was her bloodied head lying amid a pile of debris with her long brown hair spread across the floor. She was reported as having been married to two Islamic militant leaders liquidated by Russian forces in the North Caucasus. 

She formerly lived in the town of Raduzhniy in Nizhnevartovsk district of Khanty-Mansiysk region, with population of 43,580.  

'Aslanova was a wife of 'General' Validzhanov, who was destroyed,' said a bulletin issued last month expressing concern over her whereabouts, and predicting she could make an attack. 'She went through a training in camps and can become a black widow and take part in preparing terrorist attacks on the territory of Russia', said the Dagestan Interior Ministry.

Initial reports said she had two accomplices in Volgograd. Footage which was flashed around the world showed a huge orange fireball blow out the heavy front doors and windows from the grey stone three-storey Volgograd station.

'A suicide bomber who was approaching a metal detector saw a law enforcement official and, after growing nervous, set off an explosive device," said Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee which opened a probe into a suspected 'act of terror'.

Siberian woman alleged to be 'black widow' suicide bomber in terrorist strike in Volgograd 

Footage flashed around the world showed a huge orange fireball blow out the heavy front doors and windows from the grey stone three-storey Volgograd station. Picture: youtube

At least 45 were maimed or wounded in the outrage. 'Vladimir Putin ordered ministers and the heads of security agencies to take all measures necessary to establish the causes and circumstances of this act of terror, catching and bringing to justice those who stand behind it', said the Russian president's spokesman. Russia's interior ministry said separately that it was immediately stepping up security at all the nation's main train stations and airports.

'These measures involve a greater police presence and more detailed passenger checks', an interior ministry spokesman told the Interfax news agency.

Female suicide attackers have been deployed by illegal separatist organisations on a number of occasions. 

'People were lying on the ground, screaming and calling for help,' witness Alexander Koblyakov told Rossiya-24 TV. 'I helped carry out a police officer whose head and face were covered in blood. He couldn't speak.'

Warlord Doku Umarov in July urged militants in a video posted online in July to use 'maximum force' linked to the Sochi Olympics. 

'We can expect more such attacks,' warned said Alexei Filatov, deputy head of the veterans' association of the elite Alfa anti-terrorism unit.

'The threat is greatest now because it is when terrorists can make the biggest impression,' he told Reuters. 'The security measures were beefed up long ago around Sochi, so terrorists will strike instead in these nearby cities like Volgograd'.

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Comments (5)

Only a religion like Islam could make a woman into a mass murderer. Yeah yeah, just keep telling us it's the religion of peace.
John Johnson, Finland
02/01/2014 12:53
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i am as a muslim man deny like the terror attack , i am telling you that this is not the islam , this poeple is far from islam , i studied in ukraine and i know that the russian poeple are very kind , we are with you people of Volgograd
tarek, saudi arabia
31/12/2013 19:54
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I wanted to say that while these muslim countries don't have the right to handle their own affairs these attacks will continue.The russian gov. should stop interfering with the muslim people in that region.The same thing is happening in the Philipines.The actions of the russian gov in these muslim countries is the cause of these attacks.Once the russian gov.stops interfering in the internal affairs of these muslim countries the attacks will stop.
Stan Squires, Vancouver,Canada
31/12/2013 00:35
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We are with you people of Volgograd, may our prayers help you stand strong through the horror of it. You are not alone
Ilona , Spain
30/12/2013 16:25
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The attack coming literally weeks before the Winter Olympic games has raised concerns about security and put local authorities on guard as well as potentially forcing the hand of Putin as separatist rebels seek to put their agenda on world view. A cause that could hardly be going down too well with Putin and one imagines US interests who continue to inflame tensions with their support and agitation of various Mid East imperatives, ie Syria....



http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2013/12/black-widow-female-suicide-russian-train-station-bombing-kills-16/
scallywag, NYC-USA
30/12/2013 10:48
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