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    Russian bombings in Volgograd

    At least 14 dead after explosion on trolleybus in Russian city of Volgograd

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    Video: The attack on the trolleybus was launched during the morning commuter rush (Image, Reuters: Sergei Karpov) (7pm TV News NSW)

    The attack was launched during the morning commuter rush.
    Photo: Members of the emergency services work at the site of a bomb blast. (Reuters: Sergei Karpov)

    Related Story: Deadly Russian suicide attack increases security fears ahead of Olympics Related Story: Female suicide bomber kills six on Russian bus

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    A bomb blast has ripped a trolleybus apart in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people in the second deadly attack in the city in two days.

    The Monday morning rush-hour bombing, which left mangled bodies in the street, underscored Russia's vulnerability to militant attacks less than six weeks before the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

    State TV footage showed the twisted, gutted remains of the blue-and-white trolleybus, its roof blown off and debris strewn around the street, with Russian media reporting that children are among the victims.

    Health ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai told Russian state television that 14 people were killed in the attack which wounded 28 others.

    It came less than 24 hours after a suicide bomb blast killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 40 others at Volgograd's main railway station, a major transport hub in southern Russia.

    President Vladimir Putin was briefed on the trolleybus attack by Federal Security Service chief Mikhail Bortnikov, a Kremlin spokesman said.

    The national anti-terror committee announced Mr Putin had ordered security stepped up across all of Russia, for the second day in a row.

    Video: Peter Lloyd looks at the attacks leading to the recent attacks in Russia. (ABC News)



    Investigators have revealed the explosion on the packed electricity-powered commuter bus was detonated by a male suicide bomber.

    "The explosives were detonated by a male suicide bomber, fragments of whose body have been found," the investigative committee said.

    Investigators also said the kind of explosive used showed the trolleybus attack and the train station strike could have been jointly planned.

    Local journalist Leonid Ragozin says the explosion occurred at about 8.30am (local time) while the bus was stopped at a market.

    "This market is also near the hospital where people were taken... who were injured in the previous blast, in the blast that took place yesterday at the train station in Volgograd," he said.

    Insurgent leader urges terror attacks to halt Olympics

    Officials initially said the bomber behind Sunday's train station attack was a lone woman, however those claims have now been replaced by uncertainty about who was behind the explosion.

    Two days earlier a car bomb in another southern city left three dead and in October another female suicide bomber killed six in an attack on a bus in Volgograd.

    The attacks have sparked fears of a violent campaign by Islamic insurgents ahead of the Olympics.

    However, Mike Tancred from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) says it is confident the team will be safe in Russia and the blasts will not affect preparations for the February event.

    He says there are no Australian athletes in Russia at the moment.

    Insurgent leader Doku Umarov, a Chechen warlord, has urged militants to use "maximum force" to prevent Russia from staging the Olympics.

    Volgograd is a city of about 1 million people, about 690 kilometres north-east of Sochi, the host city of the Games, which is a major prestige project for Mr Putin.

    It lies close to Russia's North Caucasus, a strip of mostly Muslim provinces plagued by near-daily violence in a long-running Islamist insurgency.

    The latest travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs warns there is an ongoing risk of terrorism in Russia, particularly in the North Caucasus region.

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    Authorities comb damaged Volgograd train station after blast
    Photo: The trolleybus explosion comes a day after a suicide bombing killed 17 at the city's main train station. (Reuters: Sergei Karpov)



    Topics: disasters-and-accidents, terrorism, russian-federation

    First posted Mon 30 Dec 2013, 4:03pm AEDT
    At least 14 dead after explosion on trolleybus in Russian city of Volgograd - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    Maybe Prince Bandar wasn't bluffing

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    Russian President, Saudi Spy Chief Discussed Syria, Egypt - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

    Bandar told Putin, “There are many common values ​​and goals that bring us together, most notably the fight against terrorism and extremism all over the world. Russia, the US, the EU and the Saudis agree on promoting and consolidating international peace and security. The terrorist threat is growing in light of the phenomena spawned by the Arab Spring. We have lost some regimes. And what we got in return were terrorist experiences, as evidenced by the experience of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the extremist groups in Libya. ... As an example, I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us, and they will not move in the Syrian territory’s direction without coordinating with us.

    A confession ?

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