A suicide attacker destroyed a bus in southern Russia on Monday, and as has become the norm anytime something bad happens in Russia, it was captured by other drivers with cameras in their cars. The bombing, which happened around 2:00 p.m. local time in the city of Volgograd, killed at least six people and left many others injured. The BBC reports that at least 40 people were on the bus at the time of the explosion.
Because the bus was on the highway and moving when it was hit, the attack happened in full view of the ubiquitous dashboard cameras that are seemingly everywhere in Russia these days. A common tool used to fight off insurance fraud and police corruption, these cameras routinely capture crashes, road rage incidents, and all manner of unusual occurrences, most famously the Chelyabinsk meteor explosion last winter.
Here is what one driver that was following the bus saw the incident happened.
Volgograd, which for many years was known as Stalingrad, sits between Moscow and the North Caucasus region, which includes Chechnya and Dagestan. Those provinces have seen numerous terrorist attacks in the last decade as violent uprisings from Islamist independence movements, have been met with violent reprisals from the Putin government. That in turn have lead to other attacks in Moscow and elsewhere outside the region, although this is the deadliest attack to happen outside the Caucasus region in three years.
RT.com and other Russian media outlets have already identified the bomber as a 30-year-old Muslim woman from Dagestan, though those reports are unconfirmed. Her passport photo indicates that her birthday is on Friday. Witnesses say the explosion happened shortly after she was picked up at a bus stop.
The attack is also likely to heighten fears of more violence ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympics, which begin in nearby Sochi in a little over four months.