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Terror in Moscow

Posted on March 30 2010 5:06 am
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by Matt Gurney

Moscow, the economic and cultural center of the Russian Federation, has once again endured the wrath of terrorists. At just before eight o’clock Monday morning, local time, a female suicide bomb detonated herself inside a subway car, killing dozens. Less than an hour later, and several stops down the line, another bomber detonated her explosive vest, killing over a dozen more. Based on the best information available as of press time, 38 have died, and more than one hundred are wounded.

These latest blows at the heart of the Russian state have as yet not been claimed, but the methods and targets credibly point to the so-called Black Widows. These women, the female relations of Muslim rebels killed by the Russian military during numerous counter-insurgency campaigns in the Caucasus, seek revenge on Russia by striking at the heart of its cities. These attacks come two months after Dokka Umarov, the leading Islamic Chechen military leader, warned that despite Russia’s claims to have stamped out his forces, his martyrs would soon strike at Russia’s cities. Though Umarov has not yet been definitively linked to the bombings, it seems his warning had merit.

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