There is growing fear of a terrorist attack at the Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Russian authorities released photos of three more ‘black widows’ who are wanted for suspicions of planning a terrorist attack on the Olympic torch relay.
NBCnews.com reported, “Wanted posters distributed by police say that the women have been dispatched by underground groups to attack between Tuesday and Thursday in Rostov-on-Don, where the torch is expected to arrive Wednesday on its way to the Olympic city of Sochi. The posters warn that the suspected terrorists may wear clothes that do not adhere to Islamic tradition, such as long dresses and hijabs, so that they can blend and “infiltrate into places with mass gatherings without hindrances.”
“The posters ask for help finding the women: Zaira Alieva, 26, and Jhannet Tsakhaeva, 34, both from the restive Russian region of Dagestan, and Oksana Aslanova, 26, from Turkmenistan.”
The posters also show two men suspected of ties to terrorism in southern Russia.
In addition, wanted posters seen by NBC News on Tuesday identify two men — Ruslan Saufutdinov, 21, and Murad Musaev, 25 — who the posters say are planning attacks in southern Russia.
Many fear that the recently released information regarding possible terrorist activities in Sochi mean that the Russian authorities are not fully prepared to prevent such an attack despite the reassurances from their government and the massive amounts of security.
NCB News terrorism analyst, Evan Kohlmann suggested, “that they undercut Russia’s plan for a “ring of steel” around Sochi to protect the games — a 1,500-square-mile security zone that includes more than 40,000 police officers, special forces, ultra-sensitive sonar, monitoring drones and patrol boats.”
“The problem is that when you need to stop a lone-wolf suicide bomber, you need to think about government intelligence. You need to think about preventive measures,” said Andrei Soldatov, a Russian security expert. “But not about the number of troops you can put on the ground.”
The U.S. has offered Russia its assistance with security, but the likeliness of the Russian government responding to the offer is slim to none. The search for the suspected terrorists continues.