‘Teenage Black Widow behind bombing’

2010-04-02 08:35

Russian investigators have identified one of the female suicide

bombers who carried out the Moscow metro bombings as the 17-year-old widow of a

Caucasus militant, the Kommersant daily reported on Friday.


The bomber was named as Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova, the 17-year-old

widow of a Dagestani Islamist rebel killed in 2009, Umalat Magomedov, Kommersant

reported, citing investigators in Dagestan.


The newspaper published a photograph of the baby-faced

Abdurakhmanova in a headscarf with Magomedov. Both are posing casually with

pistols.


It was unclear whether the couple were formally married because

Magomedov is not depicted wearing a ring in the photograph. Kommersant writes

that Abdurakhmanova may have another surname, Abdulayev.


Abdurakhmanova comes from the Khasavyurtovsky district of Dagestan

and met Magomedov at the age of 16 after she contacted rebels on the internet,

Kommersant reported.


Magomedov was killed in a special operation on December 31, 2009,

it said. Abudurakhmanova has been preliminarily identified from photographs, the

newspaper wrote.


Russian investigators believe that Abdurakhmanova was responsible

for the first of the double suicide blasts on Monday which killed 39

people.


The bombings sent a chill across Russia, recalling the string of

suicide attacks carried out earlier in the decade by the so-called “Black

Widows”, women who were found to have been relatives of men killed by Russian

forces.


Investigators have not identified the second bomber, but one

version is that she was a Chechen woman called Markha Ustarkhanova who was also

married to a Caucasus militant, Kommersant reported.


The Russian authorities have released grisly photographs showing

the severed heads of the two women’s corpses, which are the prime evidence in

the police investigation.

 

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