The first images of the ‘Black
Widow’ suicide bombers in Moscow emerged Tuesday amid claims that Russian
intelligence may have known about an imminent attack but failed to alert the public.
Macabre pictures show
the faces of the dead women who Russian security services claim killed
themselves as they detonated bombs during early morning rush hour on the Moscow
metro Monday, murdering 39 people and injuring 72.
The photographs emerged after being
issued to Russian police amid a desperate bid to find the gang behind the two
Moscow explosions with fears they could be plotting another outrage.
Investigators are also circulating
images of a man and two women caught on CCTV believed to be accomplices of the
According to the Kommersant
newspaper, the authorities were warned in advance about a possible suicide
attack on the Moscow metro.
Citing police sources, the paper
said “three encoded telegrams” had been distributed among law enforcement
bodies before the blasts but they could do nothing about it.
Although no group has claimed
responsibility the head of the federal security service said they believe the
two bombers are linked to a North Caucasus gang and possibly trained by notorious
Chechen rebel leader Said Buryatsky.
He was killed by Special Forces
earlier this month after being blamed for a deadly train attack that killed 26
people in November.
Investigators are trying to
determine of the twin attacks on the Lubyanka and Park Kultrury stations were
in revenge for Buryatsky’s death.
In a meeting with senior officials,
Mr Putin urged investigators to find the organisers.
“We know they’re lying low,
but it’s a matter of honour for law enforcement bodies to scrape them from the
bottom of the sewers and into the daylight,” he said.