Dagestan link seen in Moscow airport blast

In their fist official statement, Russian investigators have linked last week’s suicide bombing at Moscow’s airport to a militant Islamist group from the Russian republic of Dagestan, naming leader Ibrahim-Khalil Daudov as the mastermind of the attack. Violence meanwhile continues unabated in the North Causasus, barely winning international headlines. Four were killed and six wounded when a blast ripped through a cafe in Dagestan Jan. 27. It was the second car bombing in the city of Khasavyurt in the past two weeks. On Jan. 14, a similar attack killed four and wounded five in the city. (SAPA, Jan. 31; Xinhua, Jan. 27)

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  1. Suspect named in Moscow airport blast
    Magomed Yevloyev, 20, of Ingushetia, has been identified by Russian authorities as the man who blew himself up at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on Jan. 24. His 16-year-old brother Akhmed, 22-year-old sister Fatima and a friend have been arrested as accomplices. Yevloyev, long unemployed, apparently joined a militant group after police killed his sister’s husband, an Islamic militant.

    Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, who had taken credit for last year’s Moscow metro blast, claimed responsibility for the Domodedovo bombing as well, vowing to make 2011 a “year of blood and tears” for Russia. (The Hindu, Feb. 10)