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Woman Suicide Bomber Kills 13 Near Chechnya

A woman suicide bomber ambushed a bus carrying Russian air force pilots near rebel Chechnya on Thursday, blowing it up and killing at least 13 people, the defense ministry said. The attack was the third in three weeks by women suicide guerrillas fighting for Chechen independence and came on the eve of a Russian parliament vote on a partial amnesty for rebel fighters designed to improve prospects for a Kremlin peace plan. The attack occurred in Russia’s North Ossetia region, bordering Muslim Chechnya, after the bus carrying the pilots and a group of civilians attached to the air force slowed down at a railway crossing on the outskirts of Mozdok. “A terrorist-suicide woman blew it up,” defense ministry spokesman Nikolai Deryabin said in Moscow. “According to preliminary information, there are 13 dead and 14 wounded.” Local officials gave a higher death toll of 15. Air force officials, quoted by Interfax news agency, said eight servicemen were among the dead, including four air force officers. Full Story

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