Suicide Bomber Kills 15 in Russia's South 12/29/13
December 29, 2013
MOSCOW (AP) - A female suicide bomber has killed 15 people and wounded dozens more at a railway station in southern Russia.
Russia's health ministry says many of the 34 people hospitalized with injuries are in grave condition.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it comes several months after a Chechen rebel leader (Doku Umarov) called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Olympic Games coming up in February in Sochi (SOH'-chee).
Female suicide bombers have mounted numerous attacks in Russia. Many have been widows or sisters of rebels and are often referred to as "black widows."
Officials are crediting security controls for preventing more casualties. Investigators say a woman detonated her explosives in front of a metal detector at the station.
Volgograd is about 400 miles north of Sochi (SOH'-chee), the Black Sea resort preparing to host the Olympics.