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No Case for Suicide Bombers

An announcement by the National Anti-Terrorism Committee that a ring of female suicide bombers was busted in Dagestan this summer proved to be exaggerated, with only two of the 10 detainees facing charges — for illicit possession of firearms, Kommersant reported Saturday.

Eight women, all widows of Islamist militants, were detained with two men in Makhachkala in July, the committee said at the time, adding that guns, books on jihad and suicide notes were found in their possession.

But Kommersant reported that none of the detainees face any terrorism-related charges, and most of them have been released.

Lawyers of the suspects confirmed that all terrorism charges were dropped but would not elaborate because of nondisclosure agreements they had signed with investigators. 


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