At least 15 dead in suicide attack on Russian... by euronews-en
The bombing follows a Saudi threat to disrupt the Sochi Olympic Games.
ABC News reports:
Today's attack bore some similarities to the October bus bombing, which authorities said was also carried out by a woman from Dagestan. Russia has for years been fighting an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, a region that encompasses the restive Russian regions of Chechnya and Dagestan, as well as the Olympic host city, Sochi.
Suicide bombers, often female, from Chechnya or Dagestan and sometimes known as "black widows," have carried out many attacks on Russian targets in the past decade, including the dual bombing of the Moscow subway in 2010 that claimed 39 lives. Female bombers from the Caucasus were also blamed for the simultaneous bombing of two Russian airplanes in 2004, an attack that killed 90 people.Comment: Today's terrorist attack will serve to strengthen Russia's resolve to defeat Islamism in the North Caucasus--and in Syria, which is within driving distance of the restive Russian areas. The United States and NATO will naturally condemn the bombing. But Russia will continue to suspect that the U.S. supports Islamist groups in Chechnya and Dagestan under cover of concern for human rights in order to weaken and encourage the breakup of Russia in line with the cynical Cold War strategy that contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.