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Monday, December 30, 2013

BREAKING RUSSIA: Second suicide bomb in 24 hours - Consecutive Volgograd suicide bombing kills at least 14 (PHOTOS)

Members of the emergency services work at the site of a bomb blast on a trolleybus in Volgograd December 30, 2013. (Reuters / Sergei Karpov)

A terrorist attack in the Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least 14 passengers on a trolley bus. The explosion comes a day after a suicide bombing in the city which killed 17 people and injured scores of others.

Health officials reported 14 fatalities in Monday morning’s blast and 28 injured, including 27 being treated in hospital, according to the latest update.
An infant aged around five to eight months is among the injured. Doctors are fighting for the baby’s life.

The identity of the baby has not been established yet. It is feared that its parents were killed in the explosion.
There is also a pregnant woman among the victims, who is in hospital in a serious condition.

 An explosion on a trolleybus near Kachinsky Market in Volgograd. (RIA Novosti / Alexey Ulianov) 

Volgograd was chosen as the target for the series of bombings due to its proximity to the troubled region of North Caucasus, believes Gordon Hahn from the Center of International Strategy.

“Suicide bomb attacks are carried out in Russia by mujahidin. It’s very likely that a group affiliated with the ‘Caucasus Emirate’ could be involved and we talked about ethnic Russian suicide bombers, which these organizations try to recruit,” he told.

The attacks in Volgograd are part of a terrorist campaign to derail the Olympic Games in Sochi, believes Aleksey Popov, former member of the Alpha special forces unit.
“Terrorists are trying to spread fear ahead of the Winter Olympics so that people become scared to go to Sochi. No wonder they have chosen the holiday season to make it even more painful for the people and to draw plenty of world attention,” he told.

He added: “I believe it won’t have any effect on the Olympics and the people who were planning to come will still do it. They are safe because almost $2 billion was allocated to security measures; that’s even more than the sum for the London Olympics.”

 Law enforcement agents at the site of an explosion on a trolleybus near Kachinsky Market in Volgograd. (RIA Novosti / Kirill Braga)

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