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Successive suicide bombings in Russia kill more than 30

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 30, 2013 at 8:02 a.m.


Police officers detain people who gathered for an unsanctioned event in downtown Volgograd, Russia, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Volgograd is about 400 miles northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held.

MOSCOW — A suicide bomber killed 14 people aboard an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during the Monday morning rush hour, and authorities believe it was the work of the same group that set off a bomb at the railway station a day earlier.

Together more than 30 people were killed in the explosions, putting the city of one million on edge and highlighting the terrorist threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host February's Winter Games in Sochi, President Vladimir Putin's pet project. While terrorists may find it hard to get to the tightly guarded Olympic facilities, the bombings have shown they can hit civilian targets elsewhere in Russia with shocking ease.

Volgograd, located about 400 miles northeast of Sochi, serves as a key transport hub for southern Russia, with numerous bus routes linking it to volatile provinces in Russia's North Caucasus, where insurgents have been seeking an Islamic state.

Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for Russia's main investigative agency, said Monday's explosion involved a bomb similar to the one used in Sunday's attack at the city's main railway station.

"That confirms the investigators' version that the two terror attacks were linked," Markin said in a statement. "They could have been prepared in one place."

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Fdworfe says... December 30, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.

Sadly mindful of still another unspeakable tragedy brought on by nutty extremists, we have to wonder why Russia is so critical of USA’s NSA intelligence gathering, the results of which are appropriately shared with that and other countries. We would think that with all the bombings going on there, the Russians would be a bit less hospitable to Edward Snowden’s rambling rationalizations and a bit less critical of NSA detection capabilities that can head off catastrophes there and throughout the world. In retrospect, the hypocrisy of many nations over the Snowden betrayal has to be embarrassing for any resident of our planet who claims any ability to picture the real face and thrust of terror with only one goal—to destroy you, me and all other people in our world who don’t share their murderous views.

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Felina says... December 30, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.

How ironic for this to happen to those who gave Snowden refuge! Fdworfe, you said what I was thinking, but with more eloquence!

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