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Female suicide bomber injures 11 in Russian region

In this Monday, May 20, 2013 photo, a police car is parked amid debris at a site of an explosion in downtown Dagestan, the regional capital of Makhachkala, in Russia. (AP Photo/ NewsTean, Abdula Magomedov)

MAKHACHKALA, Russia: Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.

Dagestan's police spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said the bomber blew herself up Saturday on the central square in the provincial capital, Makhachkala.

Since 2000, at least two dozen female suicide bombers, most of them from the Caucasus, have carried out terrorist attacks in Russian cities and aboard trains and planes. All were linked to an Islamic insurgency that that spread throughout Dagestan and the predominantly Muslim Caucasus region after two separatist wars in neighboring Chechnya.

The bombers are often called "black widows" in Russia because many of them are the wives, or other relatives, of militants killed by security forces.

 

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