Dec 30 2013
RUSSIA: Widespread panic as second Islamic terrorist attack in two days kills at least 14 in Volgograd
Right after a Muslim suicide bomber blew up a train station in Volgograd yesterday, killing 17, at least 14 more people have been killed in a trolley bus blast , also in Volgograd. All public transport is at a standstill and there is widespread panic.
UK Daily Mail At least 10 people have been killed and 22 injured in an explosion on a packed trolleybus in Russia’s Volgograd city. Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said a suicide bomber was behind this morning’s terrorist attack.
The deadly blast comes a day after a Muslim suicide bombing killed at least 17 people in the southern city’s main railway station. Investigators believe the blasts may be connected.
According to the National Antiterrorist Committee, the bomb may have been planted in the central part of the trolleybus rather than brought in by a suicide bomber.
Images from the scene showed the gutted remains of the blue-and-white trolleybus, its roof blown off and partially reduced to its metal frame. The blast appears to have occurred at the back of the bus.
RT Aleksey Popov, former member of an Alpha Special Forces unit, believes one possible reason for the bombing could be to dissuade people from coming to the Sochi Winter Olympics.
“All the attacks in Volgograd are a part of the same chain. Terrorists try 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. But 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 safety because almost $2 billion was allocated to security measures, that’s even more than the sum for London.”
“It’s very likely that a group affiliated with the Islamic Caucasus Emirate could be involved and we talked about ethnic Russian suicide bombers, which these organizations try to recruit.”
“Another possible perpetrator is a mujahidin who converted into Islam about a decade ago and eventually joined the mujahidin. He is a former Russian military person by the name of Pavel Kosolapov and he is from Volgograd. He was involved in a train bombing back in 2007 and suspected of several other bombings. He also claims he is responsible for a train bombing in 2009. He was silent since then so we can consider the possibility that he was planning the ‘big show’ all these years.”