Uzbekistan Suicide Bomber Kills One
Thu Apr 1,11:24 AM ET
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TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - A woman blew herself up in
Uzbekistan's central Bukhara region Thursday, killing
a man and critically injuring herself, police said.
The blast occurred around 4 p.m. at a two-story
apartment building, and police were investigating at
the scene, said a duty officer in the Bukhara regional
police department who spoke on condition of anonymity.
She said officials were looking at possible links to a
string of attacks that have struck Uzbekistan over the
past week. Police relased no other details.
The blast occurred in the same area as an explosion at
an alleged terrorist bomb workshop that killed 10
people Sunday night. Days of violence followed.
On Thursday, an Uzbek anti-terror official said
Thursday was linked to al-Qaida, the first time the
Uzbek government has directly accused the terror
network headed by Osama bin Laden (news - web sites).
Including the latest explosion, at least 44 people
have died in attacks, mostly alleged terrorists.
Ilya Pyagay, the Interior Ministry's deputy
anti-terrorism chief, said earlier that operations
were continuing to capture suspected terrorists.
"These are Wahhabis who belong to one of the branches
of the international al-Qaida terror group," Pyagay
told The Associated Press, referring to the strict
branch of Islam in which bin Laden was raised. "These
are bandits who planned these attacks long in
The unrest is the first to hit this Central Asian
nation since it became the United States' key ally in
the region after the Sept. 11 attacks. Hundreds of
U.S. troops are housed at a military base near the
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