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Russian court sentences Red Square suicide bomb plotter to 15 years in jail

A man who plotted to organize suicide bombings on Moscow's iconic Red Square on New Year's eve 2010 has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Ilyas Saidov, an Islamic militant, brought explosives-laden belts disguised as heaters for two female suicide bombers. But the belt attached to a cellphone exploded at an apartment following a spam text message, killing one of the women and prompting the arrest of the other. She was sentenced to 10 years in jail in May.

The Moscow City Court on Wednesday also found Saidov guilty of killing 5 people in his native Dagestan, a southern province plagued by an Islamist insurgency. Saidov pleaded guilty and cooperated with investigators.

Since 2000, at least two dozen female suicide bombers have carried out terrorist attacks in Russia.