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Domodedovo Bomber’s Sister Released

The teenage sister of the suicide bomber who struck Domodedovo Airport in January was cleared of wrongdoing and released Friday, her lawyer said.

Fatima Yevloyeva was freed with Umar Aushev, who lived in the same village as the bomber, Magomed Yevloyev, after investigators determined that they did not act as his accomplices in the attack, which killed 37 people, the lawyer told Interfax.

Yevloyev's brother Akhmed remained in custody on terrorism charges, the lawyer added. News reports said in February that traces of explosives used by the bomber were found on the hands of both detained siblings. It was unclear why only Fatima Yevloyeva was released.

Aushev admitted earlier to driving the suicide bomber from their Ingush home village, Ali-Yurt, to Nazran, from where the attacker departed to Moscow, but said he was unaware of the bomb plot.

Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov welcomed the release of Aushev and Yevloyeva and promised that local authorities would make sure the two were not "dragged into something else" by terrorists, reported.

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