THE NEW FACE OF CHECHEN TERRORISM

Female Chechen suicide bombers have recently developed into a new and increasingly serious threat to Russia.
Previous Chechen acts of violence were primarily aimed at military targets and took place in the Northern Caucasus, and did not aim to kill large numbers of Russian civilians. The attacks by female suicide bombers have reversed these patterns. While this is unlikely to change the course of the war, it will have important implications for Russia’s leadership, which is now being forced to provide what its rhetoric has always promised: security for Russia’s citizens from terrorist attacks.

 
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