Female bomber blamed for Dagestan blast

Suicide bomber suspected to have targeted police in central square of Makhachkala, capital of Russian province.

    Security sources in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.

    Vyacheslav Gasanov, Dagestan's police spokesman, said the bomber blew herself up on Saturday on the central square in the provincial capital, Makhachkala.

    Since 2000, at least two dozen female suicide bombers, most of them from the Caucasus, have carried out attacks in Russian cities and aboard trains and planes.

    All were linked to theinsurgency that spread throughout Dagestan and the predominantly Muslim Caucasus region after two separatist wars in neighbouring Chechnya.

    The bombers are often called "black widows" in Russia because many of them are the wives, or other relatives, of fighters killed by security forces.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.