Ruzanna Ibragimova is being sought by Russian police, who fear that she might be planning a suicide bomb attack on next month’s winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Ibragimova, 22, is the widow of a terrorist, reportedly killed last year in a shoot-out with police, and goes by the nickname Salima. She can be identified by a scar across her left cheek, which is around 10-centimeters in length.
Ibragimova is one of a number of wives of dead terrorists who the media have dubbed “black widows.” The link to the Black Widow spider and death is why the description seems so apt.
ABC News reports that posters and flyers with a photograph of the woman, are being placed in and around Sochi hotels over the weekend, and at the city’s airport,
Her terrorist husband was reportedly killed last year in a shoot-out with police. The Russian authorities have issued a description of Ibragimova. Apart from the scar, Ibragimova also walks with a pronounced limp, and has a stiff left arm that doesn’t bend at the elbow.
A new video was posted on a Jihadi web site on Monday, promising attacks on the Winter Olympics. The clip shows two men – believed to be the suicide bombers in last month’s deadly twin Volgograd bombings – delivering a message from the grave:
“We’ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who’ll come over. If you will hold the Olympics, you’ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that’s been spilled.”
President Putin declared on Monday that the Sochi Olympics will be safe and secure. However, the video threat – and the black window scare – are causing U.S. officials to become increasingly concerned about the games beginning in just over two weeks.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, told CNN, “It’s a very serious fear,” and a security expert told ABC News that, if Ibragimova had been able to penetrate Sochi’s security perimeter, the breach “really raises questions about the strength of the Russia security apparatus.”
He added,”The specific worry is that she’s a woman and because of that it’s easier for women to infiltrate indoor or outdoor venues, that she could be a bomb carrier,”
This was the opinion of Christopher Swift, a Georgetown University professor who has studied militant groups in the North Caucasus.
Of course, the other question it raises is: What is it about the power of Islam that motivates a 22-year-old woman to blow herself up, and kill and maim numerous innocent people in the name of Allah?