On Saturday Federal investigators said the suicide bomber who killed at least 35 people at Moscow’s international airport Domodedovo on Jan. 24 was a 20-year-old native of the North Caucasus, news agencies reported.
Investigative committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said foreigners were deliberately targeted, marking an ominous new tactic in Russia’s losing battle with extremism.
“Despite the fact that we know the name of the terrorist, we won’t name him today … since investigative searches are ongoing to identify and detain the organisers and accomplices of the terrorist act,” Markin said.
Investigators also confirmed fears that foreigners in Russia had for the first time entered the terrorists’ crosshairs; the victims included one person each from Britain, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. There were at least 16 Russians among the dead.
Critics say attacks have risen sixfold since Vladimir Putin became president – on a ticket to fight the scourge of terrorism – in 2000.