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Dagestan 'black widow' bomber kills Russian police

  • 7 March 2012
  • From the section Europe
Members of the security forces stand at the site of the bombing in Karabudakhkent, Dagestan, 6 March
Police guarded the scene of the attack

A suicide bomber has killed herself and five police officers in Dagestan, Russia, weeks after security forces killed her husband, prosecutors say.

The bomber attacked a checkpoint in the village of Karabudakhkent using a bomb packed with shrapnel, and two other police officers were wounded.

She was later named as the widow of a militant killed by special forces along with four others in February.

Russia has a history of women suicide bombers known as "black widows".

They are associated with the North Caucasus where Islamist militants in Dagestan and neighbouring Russian republics are waging a separatist war against the Russian state.

The President of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov, has promised compensation for the families of the police officers killed on Tuesday night.

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"The situation in the republic, unfortunately, is difficult and only real patriots can carry out their duty, conscientiously and courageously, in spite of the danger," he told a meeting of security officials after the attack.

Relatives of the bomber identified her as the widow of a militant killed on 10-11 February near Karabudakhkent, a village 40km (24 miles) south of the republic's capital, Makhachkala.

Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim, multi-ethnic republic which borders Chechnya, has seen some of the worst militant violence in the North Caucasus in recent years.

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