More Muslim converts who misunderstand Islam. Enough already. They understand all too well. The problem is in Islam -- and the problem is that we can't talk about the problem. Misunderstanders of Islam. Pathetic.
"Volgograd suicide bomber's identity confirmed, photos now public," from the Voice of Russia, December 29 (thanks to Robert Spencer)
The second bomber was a medical school graduate, his father Nikolai spoke about his conversion: 'My son changed for the better. He stopped arguing with me, did not drink, went to the mosque. I bought him Halal meat.'
For the better ......
Was the Volgograd train station suicide bomber a Russian paramedic who converted to Islam and joined terrorist cell? Daily Mail, December 30, 2013 (thanks to David)
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
- At least 16 people have killed and 50 have been injured
- Officials believe bomber could now be former Russian paramedic
- A police officer and child among the dead according to local reports
- Experts claims the explosion was the equivalent of 10kg of TNT
- Attack has raised concerns over terrorism ahead of Winter Olympics
- Parents begged suspected bomber Pavel Pechonkin not to use violence
A former paramedic who converted to Islam and joined a militant cell could be the Volgograd train station suicide bomber according to investigators.
Police now think that Pechonkin, who left to join Dagestani militants in 2011, carried out the devastating attack which killed 17 people on Sunday.
Pavel Pechyonkin, who investigators believe carried out the suicide bombing in Volograd
Smiling Pechyonkin made the video in response to an appeal from his desperate parents
Pechyonkin's parents Nikolair (left) and Fanaziya (right) made a desperate appeal for their son to come home earlier this year
The Muslim convert posted a video on Youtube saying that he was following God's will, that he would not turn back and that he working to earn a place in heaven.
His video was in response to a message from his parents Nikolai and Fanaziya, begging him not to use violence and described their lives as 'hell' without him.
Pavel's father Nikolai tearfully appealed to his son to return home, and continue in his medical role
A medical school graduate, his father Nikolai spoke about his conversion: 'My son changed for the better. He stopped arguing with me, did not drink, went to the mosque. I bought him Halal meat.'
His parents heard he had gone 'in the forest' with rebels and made an internet appeal for him to return.
'Pasha, come back, let your hands be on blood from wounds, injuries, and not from kills, you're a doctor,' said his father.
He replied about his parents' video appeal: 'It was sad to see your tears, very sad. I didn't even want to watch. I thought it would weaken me. I came here so Allah would be pleased with me, to earn my way to paradise.'
His parents travelled to Dagestan, hoping to find their son and rescue him from the militants they believe indoctrinated him.
The Moscow Times reported that his mother said: 'Imagine that somebody were to kill your parents, how would that make you feel? Why are you turning children into orphans?'
Pechyonkin told his parents that he had then decided he would not be swayed.
He said: 'I didn't want to watch your appeal, I thought that it would weaken me, that it would make me softer.'
He added: 'Why should we follow those Christian commandments, when Allah, may he be glorified, urges us to fight those kafirs [unbelievers].
<'Why shouldn't we leave their children orphaned?'
It is believed that investigators will take DNA from Pechyonkin's father to see if it is a match to tissue found at the scene.
17 people are known to have died in the blast, with more than 50 left injured.
itness Alexander Koblyakov said: ‘People were lying on the ground, screaming and asking for help. I helped carry out a police officer whose head and face were covered in blood. He couldn’t speak.’
Explosion: CCTV footage capture the blast at Volgograd train station in Russia
Blast scene: Debris is scattered across the steps of the station after a blast which killed 16 people
Casualty: A man lies outside the station as emergency services attend the incident
Wounded: A man, who has sustained injuries to his head, arrives at hospital following the blast
Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, said: ‘A suicide bomber who was approaching a metal detector saw a law enforcement official and, after growing nervous, set off an explosive device.’
More than 40 people were reported as injured and the death toll could rise, according to Russian officials.
The attacker was originally named as Oksana Aslanova, who had twice married separatist Muslim gang leaders from the troubled Caucasus region, sources said.
She had been on Russia’s wanted list for 18 months before the attack which used 16lb of TNT, the deadliest in Russia for three years.
The bomb was the equivalent to at least 10kg of TNT, said to Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin, and was stuffed with metal shrapnel.
Metal detectors have been mandatory in railway stations and airports throughout Russia since a suicide bomber killed 37 people at Domodedovo airport in 2011.