A driver behind the bus told Rossiya-24 television: “There was a blast — a bang — all the glass flew out of the windows. The cloud of smoke quickly dissipated and then I saw people start to fall out and run out to escape the bus. It was a horrible sight.”
According to authorities, the suspect is Naida Asiyalova, 30, who was married to an Islamist rebel commander, Dmitry ‘Giraffe’ Sokolov in the highly volatile region of Dagestan.
According to information obtained by LifeNews from security sources, the suicide bomber, Asiyalova, earlier recruited a young Muscovite, Dmitry Sokolov, who became a skilled bomber respected by Islamist militants. The 22-year-old reportedly fell in love with the female recruiter while studying Arabic in a Moscow university. She then turned him to radical Islam and convinced him to leave home for Makhachkala.
Unconfirmed reports also said she was ill with a serious and possibly terminal bone disease.