A senior counterterrorism official in Russia on Monday revealed that intelligence officers there broke up a plot to attack the Sochi Olympics last year, allegedly hatched by a group of female suicide bombers based in Austria and France. Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said the women’s choice of explosive device was an unusual and deceptive one: hand cream. “The female suicide bombers who were in France had plans showing where they were supposed to put the explosives,” Syromolotov was quoted as having said by Russian news agencies. “Their explosives were in hand cream.” The scant new details about the hand cream bombing plot are not the first alleged female suspects sought in connection with terror plots linked to the Sochi Olympics. In January, 2014, during the lead-up to the games, Russian officials were tracking down several suspected “black widows” — a favorite type of operative commonly deployed by Chechen rebels — that included Ruzana Ibragimova.
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