Reporting from the Russian province of Dagestan, CNN’s Jill Dougherty is reporting that seven suspected terrorists have been killed, including the so-called “Black Widow” Zaira Alieva. The term is used to refer to young, female Muslims who act as suicide bombers. Russian authorities have been on the look out for Alieva for days as a possible threat to the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games. Russian counter terrorist operatives have been on high alert leading up to the games, and the threat of “black widow” bombers impacting the games has been a particular concern.
By Christopher V. Spencer