2nd Suicide Bomb Rocks Russia, Fuels Olympic Concernssize0-army.mil-84967-2010-09-08-020903
A second suicide bomber in as many days killed 30 people in the Russia city of Volgograd when they blew up a commuter bus.
Yesterday, a similar attack took place in the city killing 15.
Early reports suggest that at least one of the terrorists could be a female from Dagestan, otherwise known as a “Black Widow.”
This obviously is fueling concerns about the upcoming winter olympics in Sochi, Russia.
How will the already invasive Russian government react? That remains to be seen.
Suicide bombers at a train station and on a trolleybus killed more than 30 people within 24 hours in the southern city of Volgograd, raising the security threat less than six weeks before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics.
At least 14 people died and 27 others were injured when a man detonated a bomb in the trolleybus during rush hour after 8:10 a.m. local time, the Health Ministry said on its website. The blast yesterday near a metal detector at the entrance to the city’s train station killed 17 people and injured 45 others, according to the ministry.
The twin bombings come as Russia prepares to stage the Olympics in February in Sochi, a Black Sea resort close to the violence-wracked North Caucasus region. Volgograd, which suffered another suicide bombing on a bus in October, is about 700 kilometers (435 miles) northeast of Sochi.
“If another attack happens closer to Sochi, it will be a catastrophe for the Olympics,” Alexei Malashenko, an analyst on the North Caucasus at the Moscow Carnegie Center, said by phone. “Three bombings in the space of three months means that terrorist activity is becoming systematic.”
President Vladimir Putin’s government, which will seal off Sochi, a city of 345,000 people, had planned to beef up security starting on Jan. 7, a month before the games start, according to the state-run news service RIA Novosti.