Naida Asiyalova: The Female Suicide Bomber Who Carried out the Greatest Terrorist Attack in the History of Volgograd

The MissionOn October 21, 2013 at 14:05 local time, a female suicide terrorist blew herself up in bus N29, near the Lesobasa bus station in Volgograd, Russia. She detonated an explosive belt (500 – 600 grams of trotil equivalent) full of nails and metal swarf. By some miracle the two grenades she also carried didn’t explode. The explosion occurred almost immediately after she boarded the bus wearing a hijab. Video: 2013 Moments before deadly bus blast in Volgograd caught on a dash cam.Eye Witness AccountsA young man named Ilya, an eyewitness of the terror act who was in a different bus on the same route, described the scene of the blast to Russian Television: “First I saw a lot of pieces of broken glass scattered all over the road driveway. There definitely was an explosion in the bus as its windows burst outside, sending glass a considerable distance, but with no fire outbreak… There were a lot of police there and also people who had been just driving by and stopped to…

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Tatayna Dronzina

Tatyana Dronzina, PhD, is a full professor at the Department of Political Science of St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (Bulgaria) and guest professor at Carlos III University (Madrid) and...