Russia has identified a 17-year-old widow of a Caucasus militant as one of the Moscow suicide bombers, reports said today, as the country remained on high alert after the attacks.
Citing sources close to the investigation, the Kommersant daily named one of the two female suicide bombers who blew themselves up on the Moscow metro Monday as Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova, 17, from Dagestan in the North Caucasus.
The newspaper published a photograph of the baby-faced teenager in an Islamic headscarf with her late husband Umalat Magomedov. Both were posing casually with pistols.
The Dagestan interior ministry has sent her photograph and file to Moscow, a source told Kommersant. The Interfax news agency also reported that the teenager had been identified as a bomber.
The reports came as Russia remained tense after the Moscow bombings and another double suicide strike Wednesday that killed 12 in a town in Dagestan close to Chechnya.
With the authorities rattled by the deadliest militant bombing in the capital for six years, President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday had urged tough anti-terror measures as he made a surprise visit to Dagestan.
Kommersant said Abdurakhmanova's husband Magomedov was a Dagestani Islamist rebel killed in a special operation last year.