4 'Black Widows': Sochi on Alert for Ruzanna Ibragimova, Other Suicide Bombers

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Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 10:51 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Russian counterterrorism officials fear that Ruzanna Ibragimova, a suspected suicide bomber dubbed the "black widow," and three others may have already breached the security perimeter set up for the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi.

The country's security force issued a bulletin last week that was posted at the airport and in nearby hotels and businesses warning people to be on the lookout for Ibragimova, as well as three other suspected female terrorists, FoxNews.com reported.

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"According to our information, Ms. Ibragimova may be used by the ringleaders of illegal armed groups for the organization of terrorist acts in the zone of the 2014 Olympics," the notice read.

Ibragimova, a 22-year-old from Dagestan who also goes by the nickname "Salima," is the widow of a jihadist who was killed by Russian forces last year. She is identified by a 10-centimeter scar across her left cheek and a pronounced limp, according to ABC News.

Security was heightened over the weekend when a threatening video surfaced on a known militant website. In the clip, two men announced they were responsible for last month's suicide bombings in Volgograd and promised more violence.

"We'll have a surprise package for you," the men in the video said, according to FoxNews.com. "And those tourists that will come to you, for them, too, we have a surprise . . . This will be our revenge."

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced it is taking every precaution necessary to make sure American Olympians are safe.

"As is always the case, we are working with the U.S. Department of State, the local organizers, and the relevant law enforcement agencies in an effort to ensure that our delegation and other Americans traveling to Sochi are safe," spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.

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