Search for 'Black Widow' Suicide Bomber, May Be Already in Sochi

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    Urgent Search for 'Black Widow' Suicide Bomber, May Be Already in Sochi


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    Police in Sochi have launched an urgent search for a possible female suicide bomber who may have already made it past the ring of security set up for the Olympic Games.

    Hotel employees in Sochi told ABC News that posters with pictures and descriptions of a 22-year-old woman from nearby Dagestan were distributed over the weekend by authorities and a similar flyer was also seen posted at Sochi's airport.

    A spokesperson for the U.S. Olympic Committee reacted to the revelation by saying that the safety of Team USA is their "top priority."

    "As is always the case, we are working with the U.S. Department of State, the local organizers and the relevant law enforcement agencies in an effort to ensure that our delegation and other Americans traveling to Sochi are safe," spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said.

    The woman featured on the wanted posters is identified as Ruzanna Ibragimova, using the nickname Salima, the widow of a militant reportedly killed in a shoot-out with police last year in Dagestan.

    She is described as being affiliated with the Caucasus Emirate, the terror group led by Doku Umarov that has threatened attacks against the Winter Games in Sochi.

    Ibragimova is described as having a 10 centimeter scar across the left cheek, a pronounced limp, and a stiff left arm that doesn't bend at the elbow.

    A police wanted poster published by an online Sochi news website said she had left Dagestan earlier this month and arrived in Sochi about ten days ago.

    Security experts said it was troubling that she may have been able to get to Sochi despite the so-called "ring of steel" of security forces that President Vladimir Putin has said will make the Olympics safe from terrorists.

    "The fact that one individual either was able to stay in the area before the ring of steel went up or get through it really raises questions about the strength of the Russia security apparatus," said Christopher Swift, a Georgetown University professor who has studied militant groups in the North Caucasus.

    "The specific worry is that she's a woman and because of that it's easier for women to infiltrate indoor or outdoor venues, that she could be a bomb carrier."

    Swift said it is rare for the group's suicide bombers to operate alone.

    "Usually, in the past, when we've seen female suicide bombings, there's either been two women who are both bombers," said Swift.

    The FSB, Russia's domestic intelligence service preceded by the KGB, declined to comment for this report.

    Sochi Olympic Games: Urgent Search for 'Black Widow' Suicide Bomber, May Be Already in Sochi - ABC News
     
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    Russia Hunting Down Three 'Black Widows' In Sochi


    Russia is trying to hunt down three potential suicide bombers, all female Muslims, who are suspected of planning to carry out threats to attack the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics starting February 7.

    The three women are all the wives of killed terrorists, and are pictured wearing traditional Muslim head coverings in police fliers posted in Sochi. One of the women, Rosana Ibrahimova, is thought to already be in the city waiting in a hidden apartment, reports Yedioth Aharonoth.

    Wives of killed terrorists are termed "black widows" in Russia, and are believed to have carried out two suicide bombings on Volgograd in southern Russia late last December, one attack leaving 18 dead and another killing 15 a day later.

    The bombings were followed by threats posted on a well known jihadist forum, in which two men thought to have planned the bombings said in a video "we've prepared a present for you and all tourists who'll come over. If you hold the Olympics, you'll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that's been spilled."

    Islamist insurgents based in North Caucasus republics such as Dagestan who are seeking their own independent state have vowed to disrupt the Sochi Games in order to undermine Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    In response, Putin has deployed up to 60,000 security personnel to guard the Olympics games, more than double the amount employed in London's 2012 Summer Games, reports the Washington Post.

    The US also intends to send two warships to the Black Sea to provide support, and if needed to evacuated American citizens.

    "The threats are real. They are basically calling for attacks on the Olympics. I think you're going to see attempts to do that," said Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

    Russia Hunting Down Three 'Black Widows' In Sochi - Global Agenda - News - Israel National News
     

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