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A second terrorist suicide bomb in Volgograd Russia in less than 24 hours ripped through a trolleybus Monday morning killing 14 and injuring at least 28 people. The bomb detonated in a trolleybus, packed with morning commuters, at about 8:10 a.m. local time and was the second suicide terror attack in less than 24 hours. Just yesterday a suicide bomber at a train station in Volgograd killed at least 14. The latest updated number of deaths fronm the train station is now at 16. As reported at USA Today, no one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing in Volgograd, but it came several months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games.
A fatal bomb explosion ripped apart a trolleybus in Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 14 people and injuring 28, in the second terrorist attack in the southern Russian city in less than 24 hours.
Several of the wounded, who officials said included a six-month-old infant, are in serious condition.
Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said that investigators believe a male suicide bomber carried out the attack, which he said was linked to another fatal bombing in the city on Sunday afternoon.
Authorities believe the first explosion, which killed 17 people and injured more than 40 at the Volgograd-1 railway station, was also the work of a suicide bomber.
Markin said that remains of both suspected bombers, which were recovered at the scenes, are undergoing DNA testing.
Monday’s blast marks the third such attack in Volgograd in two months, and comes just weeks before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in February in the city of Sochi.
The bomb detonated in a trolleybus, packed with morning commuters, at about 8:10 a.m. (0410 GMT), the Investigative Committee said.
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 650 kilometers (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.
Bomb Explosion at Train station in the Russian City of Volgograd Kills at Least 14 People … Terrorist Suicide Bomber Just 6 Weeks Ahead of Winter Olympics in Sochi
As reported at RIA Novosti, between 13 to 18 people have been killed and up to 40 injured as a bomb blast ripped through a train station Sunday in the Russian city of Volgograd . Russia’s National Anti-Terror Committee are saying that preliminary information suggests the blast was caused by a female suicide bomber. This is the second bombing in Volgograd in the past two months and comes less than six weeks ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, located less than 620 miles away. In October, 2013 6 people were killed and 33 injured when a suspected female suicide bomber detonated explosives aboard a Russian bus.
Between 13 and 18 people were killed and up to 50 more were wounded, according to various estimates by Russian officials, by the blast near the metal detectors at the Volgograd-1 train station’s front entrance at 12:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. GMT).
President Vladimir Putin ordered officials to take all necessary measures to help the victims of the blast.
An explosion at a train station in the Russian city of Volgograd killed at least 14 people, including one police officer, the Russian Investigative Committee said on its website Sunday.
The committee said 14 people had been killed and 40 people were injured.
A spokesman for the investigative committee said the bomber used the equivalent of 10 kilograms of TNT.
Video taken from an outside security camera shows a huge fireball inside what appears to be the main entrance followed by a steady trail of smoke coming out shattered windows.