>> This is where one of Turkey's suspected suicide bombers grew up, a Russian village in the North Caucasus Mountains. The 23-year-old blew himself up at Istanbul's Ataturk airport last month. 45 people were killed and hundreds wounded. Over the last two years, Rakim Bulgarov went from a shy young man who led a secular life to a suspected Jihadist militant.
Last week, a Reuters reporter tracked down his family. Reuters' Christian Lowe in Moscow explains.>> What our reporter was able to find out was that the environment in which Bulgarov grew up was not particularly devout and was not really typical for a violent radical Islamist. Neither he nor his father attended mosque until about 2 years ago or 18 months ago.
We spoke to a classmate of Bulgarov who said that until a couple of years ago he drank alcohol and smoked, which are both habits that are generally considered to be forbidden in Islam. What we learned from speaking to people in the village was that there was a change that happened around about two years ago.
Before the mosque that was at the end of Bulgarov's street, it was very poorly attended. But then for some reason, young men started going to the mosque and attendance jumped up to 30 or 40 at Friday prayers. Embracing Islam and a particular and especially pious hard line form of Islam.
At around the same time, Bulgarov himself started attending the mosque and he went there regularly.>> He then went to Egypt to study Arabic. On his return, a relative says, he was interviewed by the Federal Security Service. The relative says Bulgarov passed a lie detector test, something Reuters couldn't confirm.
He left for a second time in March to look for work in a Russian mining settlement near the Arctic circle. The next is family head, he was named as a suspect in the deadly airport attack. Four of the militant attackers were from Russia or ex Soviet countries according to Turkish officials.
Highlighting the challenges faced by Russian security agencies, as they try to identify security threats amongst the thousands of young people in Russia who are turning to ultra conservative forms of Islam.