Festival of Terror


The aftermath of the attack by a pair of female suicide bombers

When the Chechen war returned to Moscow Saturday — as two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a rock festival, killing at least 18 and injuring more than 50 — the choice of targets was a surprise to some rebel factions. After separatists from Russia's southern breakaway republic seized a Moscow theater last October — they were killed, along with 129 hostages, when security forces stormed the theater — rebels threatened further Moscow raids. And recently, they signaled that attacks on "hard targets" such as police stations were imminent. So the decision to instead strike a pop concert was perplexing...

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