Russian Officials Search for Possible Suicide Bomber in Sochi

People visiting a department store in Sochi on Saturday walk past an information banner with the photos of suspected terrorists. Police are looking for a potential female suicide bomber believed to be at large in the Russian Black Sea resort town, which will be host to next month's Olympic games.
People visiting a department store in Sochi on Saturday walk past an information banner with the photos of suspected terrorists. Police are looking for a potential female suicide bomber believed to be at large in the Russian Black Sea resort town, which will be host to next month's Olympic games. (Nina Zotina/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian officials are searching for three possible women suicide bombers, including one who is thought to be in Sochi, host of the Olympics next month.

Law enforcement flyers posted at a hotel in the middle of Sochi on Tuesday included information about the three potential attackers, the Associated Press reported.

A police leaflet said one of the women, Ruzanna Ibragimova, 22, was at large in Sochi. She is a so-called "black widow" of a slain Islamic insurgent.

The other two identified women -- Zaira Aliyeva, 26, and Dzhannet Tsakhayeva, 34, were described in the flyer as trained "to perpetuate acts of terrorism" and  "probably among us." The leaflet did not specify their suspected whereabouts.

The wire service was unable to obtain additional information about the women's suspected motivations for potential attack. However, Russian authorities typically use the term "black widow" to refer to women suspected of seeking to avenge the deaths of spouses or other relatives. Authorities in the Black Sea town did not respond to AP requests for comment by press time.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are to take place from Feb. 7 to 23. The Russian government has sharply ramped up security at Olympic sites, though there continue to be worries about the vulnerability of tourist locales and buses to potential attacks.

January 21, 2014
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Russian officials are searching for three possible women suicide bombers, including one who is thought to be in Sochi, host of the Olympics next month.

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