Officials blame woman from Russia's volatile region for suicide bombing
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 01:20
Oct. 21 - Investigators in Russia name a suspect in what they've called a suicide bombing of a bus that killed at least six and wounded dozens in Volgograd. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Officials in Russia are investigating a deadly suicide bombing that killed at least six and wounded dozens.
The bombing happened in the southern city of Volgograd, just hundreds of kilometers north of the volatile North Caucasus region.
A camera installed on the dashboard of a car caught the moment of the explosion on tape.
Officials have blamed the attack on a suspect from Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus region.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN VLADIMIR MARKIN SAYING:
"According to preliminary results 30-year-old Naida Asiyalova (nah-ida ah-si-ya-lova), a woman born in Dagestan, committed the suicide bomb attack. The investigation has found that the woman got on the bus at one of the stops and the explosion occurred almost immediately afterwards. This was confirmed by a female passenger who survived in the blast."
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Russian political analyst Alexei Mukhin says the attack was likely aimed at causing unease ahead of next year's Winter Olympics.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) CENTRE FOR POLITICAL INFORMATION PRESIDENT ALEXEI MUKHIN, SAYING:
"It was most probably something like a 'test shot' ahead of the Sochi Olympics. It's quite clear that the international terrorist groups or groups affiliated with them want to create an atmosphere of fear and panic before the start of the Olympics."
The attack was the deadliest such blast outside the North Caucasus region in nearly three years.
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