Female suicide bomber identified in Russia
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 18:42
Makhachkala (Russia): Russian police say they have identified the female suicide bomber who killed an influential Muslim leader in the volatile province of Dagestan.

Said Afandi was a leader of a Sufi Muslim brotherhood whose followers include thousands of officials, clerics and businessmen. The 85-year-old Afandi was killed yesterday along with six other people in the village of Chirkei by a bomber disguised as a pilgrim who visited his house.

The mystical Muslim orders of Sufis, popular in Dagestan and neighboring provinces of Russia's multiethnic Caucasus region, are opposed to radical and militant Islamist groups that mushroomed there after the Soviet collapse.

Police in Dagestan said today that the bomber was Aminat Kurbanova, a 30-year-old resident of Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala.

The Interfax news agency claimed she was married to an Islamist militant.


First Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 18:42

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