Force Protection

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Submitted By booyah4life
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Who: Unknown; possibly Caucasus Emirates

What: Explosion and suicide bombing at Russian Bus Station

Where: Russian city of Volgograd

When: December 29th and 30th, 2013

How: Suicide bomber
Brief Analysis: On Monday, 30 Dec 13, A suicide bomber killed 14 people on an electric bus in the Russian city of Volgograd during a typical Monday morning rush hour. This is the second suicide bombing in Volgograd in as many days and authorities believe the bombings are related. In the two days of explosions, more than 30 people were killed placing the city of over one million people. Additionally, the attacks bring to light the terrorist threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. While terrorists may find it hard to get to the air tight guarded Winter Games, the attacks have shown they can engage targets elsewhere in Russia with relatively shocking ease. Although the city of Volgograd is located approximately 400 miles northeast of Sochi, it serves as one of the key transport sites for southern Russia that contains many bus routes linking it to volatile provinces in Russia's North Caucasus, where terrorists have been in search of an Islamic state. Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for Russia's main investigative agency, said Monday's explosion involved a bomb similar to the one used in Sunday's attack at the city's main railway station (Washinton Post). "That confirms the investigators' version that the two terror attacks were linked," Markin said in a statement. "They could have been prepared in one place."
Russian authorities have not placed blame and no groups have claimed responsibility for either bombing; however, the attacks have come several months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov threatened attacks against civilian targets in Russia, to include the Olympics in Sochi. Terror attacks, including suicide bombings have…...

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