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Suicide bomber killed 'early' by text message

Andrew Osborn in Moscow

Published 27/01/2011 | 05:00

A 'BLACK Widow' suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year's Eve, but was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb early, according to Russian security sources.

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The unnamed woman, thought to be part of the group that struck Moscow's Domodedovo airport on Monday, intended to detonate a suicide belt near Red Square on New Year's Eve, in an attack that could have killed hundreds. But a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received hours before the planned attack, triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house.

Security sources believe the woman bomber and the airport bombers may have been a suicide squad trained in Pakistan's al-Qa'ida strongholds which was sent to target Moscow's transport system. ( © Daily Telegraph, London)

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