According to this story, one of the bombers in yesterday’s attack in Moscow may also have been mentally retarded. Such gallant mujahedin, pressing the most vulnerable members of society into the business of mass murder. And it would not be the first time we have seen this tactic employed. “Russia hunts 21-strong ‘Black Widow’ cell as first images of suicide bombers are released,” by Will Stewart for the Daily Mail, March 30:
The first images of the ‘Black Widow’ suicide bombers were released today as Vladimir Putin vowed to ‘scrape out the attackers from the bottom of the sewers’.
As Russia held a day of mourning for the 39 people killed in the underground terror attack, the country’s prime minister vowed vengeance on those who had helped mount the attack.
The police and security services now believe there are in a desperate race against time to find the gang with fears they could be plotting another outrage.
It was suggested today that some 21 more ‘widows’ are at large following reports that the women were part of a 30-strong band of suicide bombers trained at a Muslim school in Turkey. Nine have already perished in earlier attacks, Russian media said.
The dead women in Monday’s attack are both believed to be aged between 18 and 25 and to have carried the explosives – packed with nails and metal fragments to maximise death and destruction – in shahid belts or handbags.
According to police who have viewed CCTV which has not yet been released, one was said to be mentally retarded.
A source close to the investigators said that the women suicide bombers travelled to Moscow early on Monday by coach from a unnamed Caucasus town, prompting the belief that the attack was by militants from volatile Chechnya.
The women were accompanied by a tall man with Caucasus appearance, dressed in dark blue coat with white marks. He had five days growth of beard. Both women were identified by the driver of the coach.
‘One was dressed in black trousers, another in black skirt, black tights and spangled black shoes,’ said the Kommersant newspaper. Their appearance indicated they were from the Caucasus region.
The newspaper said the women had been taught by an Islamic militant who had himself being killed last month in an operation by the FSB, which replaced the KGB. ‘Around 30 of them were taught in Madrasah (Muslim school) in Turkey and then came back to perform their tasks,’ said Kommersant.
‘Nine of them have already blown themselves up, the others are being checked now.’…