Russia beefs up security after bombings kill 31


Associated Press

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 10:04 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are ordering an increase in security at train stations and other facilities around the country.

The move comes after a suicide bomber killed 14 people today in an attack on a bus in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days in the city that's just 400 miles from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Yesterday, 17 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a railway station. Russian authorities say they believe the same group carried out both attacks.

The heightened security comes as Russians prepare to celebrate the New Year, the nation's main holiday. In Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg, the local governor canceled a New Year's fireworks show.

Volgograd, which is northeast of the Olympic city of Sochi, serves as a key transport hub for southern Russia. There are a number of bus routes linking it to Russia's North Caucasus, where insurgents have been seeking an Islamic state.

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134-r-08-(Sound of officers and paramedics at the scene, after Monday's bomb blast at trolleybus in Russian city of Volgograd)--Sound of police officers and paramedics at the scene of an explosion on an electric bus in the Russian city of Volgograd. COURTESY: Russia State Television ((mandatory on-air credit)) (30 Dec 2013)

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128-a-15-(Sajjan Gohel (SAH'-zhahn GOH'-hehl), director, international security, Asia Pacific Foundation, in AP interview)-"factor inside Russia"-Sajjan Gohel of the Asia Pacific Foundation in London says successive suicide bombings in Russia are aimed to undermine confidence in the build-up to the Sochi Olympic Games. (30 Dec 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Image taken on a cell phone shows bodies at an entrance to Volgograd railway station after suicide bombing, Volgograd Mayor's Office photo, lettering RUSSIA EXPLOSION on black banner, graphic element on black (29 Dec 2013)

APPHOTO MOSB127: Police officers detain people who gathered for an unsanctioned event in downtown Volgograd, Russia, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. A bomb blast tore through a trolleybus in the city of Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people a day after a suicide bombing that killed at least 17 at the city's main railway station. Volgograd is about 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin) (30 Dec 2013)

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