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Bomb Blast Kills Security Officer in Moscow Center

A Russian security officer was killed on Thursday trying to defuse a bomb planted at a central Moscow restaurant by a suspected woman Chechen separatist. Moscow has been on terror alert since Saturday when two women, said to be Chechens, blew themselves up at an open-air rock festival, killing 14 people and themselves. The latest blast — on Moscow’s main shopping street — fueled fears that conflict between Russian forces and Chechen rebels was once again spilling onto the streets of the capital despite a new Kremlin peace plan. The woman brought the bomb in a bag to the Imbir restaurant on Tverskaya Street late on Wednesday and threatened to blow up the place after she was barred from entering. She then dumped the bag on the pavement and was detained as she fled, a police spokeswoman told Reuters. She said security officers failed to dispose of the device by remote control and it detonated while a security officer — who helped disarm one bomb at Saturday’s rock festival — was trying to defuse it by hand just outside the restaurant. Itar-Tass news agency named the woman as Zarima Muzhikhoyeva, 22, and said she was one of the so-called “black widows,” or Chechen women who have lost husbands in fighting with Russian forces. Full Story

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