Suspected Suicide Bomber Spotted in Sochi
Published: January 21, 2014 (Issue # 1793)
After an Islamic extremist group promised to deliver a deadly УpresentФ to visitors of the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, law enforcement authorities have said a potential suicide bomber had traveled to Sochi from Dagestan.
Ruzana Ibragimova, also known as Salima, is reportedly Уthe widow of a neutralized member of the insurgency who can be used by its leaders to organize terrorist acts during the 2014 Winter Games as a suicide bomber,Ф according to the local news site Blogsochi.ru.
Security has been one of the primary concerns surrounding the games, with the opening ceremony to be held on Feb. 7 a mere 600 kilometers from the republic of Dagestan, considered by experts as the most dangerous place in Europe.
Alexander Valov, the head of Blogsochi.ru, said by phone from Sochi that the information was leaked to him by three different sources, two from law enforcement officials and one from Sochi's city hall.
A representative of the Krasnodar regional Federal Security Service branch could neither confirm nor deny the information.
According to Valov's source in the FSB, the suspect had already been spotted on Sovetskaya Ulitsa in central Sochi, which is in the vicinity of the Foreign Affairs Ministry's Sochi office and Sochi city hall.
It was unclear whether Ibragimova was carrying any explosives with her. It was also not immediately clear how a suspected terrorist Ч who was apparently interrogated by law enforcement officials in the past Ч could get into Russia's Olympic capital amid heightened security.
Valov published a copy of an official letter sent by the local FSB to the Krasnodar Anti-Extremism Center, asking them to chase the suspect, who arrived in Sochi on Jan. 10 to 11. The letter describes Ibragimova as someone who Уlimps slightly, her elbow does not bend and she has a 10-centimeter long scar on her left cheek.Ф
Valov said police were trying to keep the information under wraps.
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