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TWO ATTACKS IN VOLGOGRAD

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At least 30 Killed
By Harold Hutchison

Two bombings have rocked the Russian city of Volgograd (also known as Stalingrad) over the last two days, leaving at least 30 people dead. The attacks come as Russia is preparing to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, which commence on 6 February.

The first of the two murder-suicide bombings took place at a train station in the city, killing at least 16 people. The bomber was believed to be a woman, who reportedly detonated the bomb just as she neared the metal detectors. The second attack, on a bus, killed at least 14 people. According to media reports, the attacks injured over 70 people.

A prior attack occurred in October, targeting a bus, leaving six people dead. This past July, a Chechen jihadist called for attacks on the Sochi Olympics.