Monday, December 30, 2013

Russia: Update--Death Toll from Railway Bombing in Volgograd Rises to 30

According to The Latin American Tribune, and as a follow-up to my posting of yesterday (December 29) the death toll from terrorist attacks in the Russian city of Volgograd has risen to more than 30 in less than 24 hours.

The IED detonated when earlier reports of a female suicide bomber was forced to go through metal detectors at the Volgograd-1 station.

Indications are that the attacks in the city, formerly known as Stalingrad, were staged by members of the Islamic guerrilla groups operating in the North Caucasus region, but officials have not yet said who was behind the bombings.

COMMENT: Islamic guerrilla leaders in the North Caucasus region have called for attacks to prevent Russia from holding the Winter Olympic Games, which will start in the resort city of Sochi on February 7.

The security checkpoint, which was set up after the January 2011 attack on Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport, prevented the terrorist from reaching the train station’s main hall, keeping the death toll from being greater, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Russian news agencies.

The Volgograd station, located across from a plaza that marks the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting in World War II, was full of travelers at the time of the attack due to delays in train service and the New Year’s holiday.

Russian officials fear an increase in terrorist and guerrilla attacks as the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi approach.