Second Terrorist Attack in Two Days Hits Volgograd (Stalingrad), Russia; Just Weeks Ahead of Winter Olympic Games in Russia – Video 12/30/13

For the second time in two days, a terrorist attack has rocked Volgograd (Stalingrad), Russia – this time a bus bombing that has killed at least 10 people. A female suicide bomber hit the Volgograd Train Station yesterday. The attacks come just a few weeks ahead of Russia hosting the Winter Olympics, and the blasts are raising serious questions about security concerns for the Olympic Games.

Here’s aftermath of the Train Station Attack that occurred yesterday:

WASHINGTON POST

The southern Russian city of Volgograd was hit with the second deadly suicide bombing in two days on Monday, rattling security officials as the country prepares for next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, about 400 miles to the southwest.

The bombs targeted a crowded trolley bus on Monday and a railroad station on Sunday, killing at least 32 people and injuring many more.

Authorities said they have evidence that they believe will show that the two attacks were connected.

President Vladimir Putin met with the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, on Monday and directed him to prepare plans for tightening security.

Sochi itself is under heavy security protection, but that effort appears to have drawn resources away from security operations in other parts of this huge country.

Volunteers were being organized Monday to patrol Volgograd, a sprawling city along the Volga River where Soviet and Nazi forces met in an epic World War II battle in 1942 and 1943, when the city was known as Stalingrad.

That history gives Volgograd a definite resonance in Russians’ imagination, even though the country — which has been fighting a drawn-out battle against separatists and Islamist extremists in the eastern Caucasus — has become somewhat inured to random acts of terror.

The chance that terrorist activity will spoil the Olympics has been a prime worry for security officials — especially given the publicity generated by last April’s Boston Marathon bombings, carried out by two young men who were believed to be sympathetic to the Chechnyan separatist movement. . . . Read More

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