Volgograd suicide bomber may have planned terrorist attack in mall - Investigations Committee
Naida Asiyalova, a native of Dagestan, may have initially planned to carry out a terrorist attack in the Akvarel mall in Volgograd's Sovetsky district, Investigations Committee official Vladimir Markin told Interfax.
"Asiyalova was in the Samarsky Razyezd area in the Volgograd Dzerzhinsky district in the period between 11:59 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. on October 21," Markin said.
"There, she entered the supermarket Auchan and then arrived at the Akvarel mall in the Sovetsky district in a car driven by a private driver at 1:16 p.m.," Markin said.
"Asiyalova was in the mall until 1:26 p.m. After she saw that there were few people in the mall, she took a Route 29 bus at a public transport stop in Universitetsky Prospekt at 1:31 p.m.," Markin said.
The capacity of the explosion was equivalent to some 500-600 grams of TNT and the bomb set off by Asiyalova was stuffed with metal fragments to make the blast more dangerous to bystanders, experts said.
"A forensic evaluation will help determine the type and exact capacity of the explosive device. It is possible that such devices have already been used in other crimes," Markin said, adding that "this information will also help determine all circumstances of the crime."
Over ninety witnesses to the crime have now been questioned, 43 people have been named victims of the crime, and the necessary medical, genetic, and forensic evaluations have been ordered, he said.
"Asiyalova was identified by her mother and sister and genetic tests," Markin said.