Volgograd bus bomber and Muslim convert Pavel Pechenkin left his parents a video before he blew himself up.
The Volgograd bus bomber released a video before he blew himself up on Sunday and killed 14 people in the rush hour blast.
“I have come here only to make Allah pleased with me, to earn heaven.”
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Via Look Under the Burka:
The Volgograd train station bomb that killed at least 17 people on Sunday was set off by a Russian man from the nearby region of Mary El who had converted to Islam and joined Dagestani militants, officials said.
The suspect, identified as Pavel Pechyonkin, worked as a paramedic with an ambulance service but left home in 2011 and joined Dagestani militants after converting to Islam and changing his name to Ansar Ar-rusi.
In response to his parents’ video appeals for him to come home, Pechyonkin posted his own video online this spring, saying he was following God’s will and would not turn back.
“I have come here only to make Allah pleased with me, to earn heaven,” he said in the video.
Pechyonkin, aged 32, is a former paramedic. In 2012, he joined the bandit underground, having left a note for his mother on his lap top computer. Pechyonkin has since communicated with his parents two or three times via the Internet.