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Suicide Bomber Kills 16 at Russian Train Station

Interior Ministry members stand guard in front of the train station where a bomber detonated explosives in Volgograd, Dec. 29, 2013.
Interior Ministry members stand guard in front of the train station where a bomber detonated explosives in Volgograd, Dec. 29, 2013.
Russian officials say they believe a female suicide bomber caused an explosion that killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens Sunday at the entrance to a train station in Volgograd. The latest attack in southern Russia occurred about 650 kilometers northeast of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in February.

Russia’s federal investigative committee says the bomber walked into a busy train station in Volgograd and detonated explosives just in front of metal detectors.

Vladimir Markin, who heads Russia's Investigative Committee, said that this explosion was the equivalent of 10 kilograms of TNT.

He said there would have been many more victims if the so-called guarding system at the train station hadn't worked. He pointed out that security did not allow the suicide bomber to get through the metal detector into the waiting hall where at the time there were lots of people because three trains were late.

Volgograd, RussiaVolgograd, Russia
Volgograd, Russia
Volgograd, Russia
This is the second recent deadly bombing in the city of around one million. In October, a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a bus stop, killing six others.

Volgograd is around 650 kilometers northeast of Sochi, the site for the upcoming Winter Olympics, a pet project of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an online video, Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov has called on rebels to use maximum force to prevent Mr. Putin from staging the Olympics. Putin has maintained that the games will be safe and that the Kremlin has taken every necessary precaution.

Sochi is situated near the volatile North Caucasus region, on Russia’s southern flank. The region has seen violence for more than a decade as rebels try to establish an Islamist state. There are near-daily attacks on police and officials in the region. Critics blame the violence there on the Kremlin’s crackdown on dissent.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with a man injured in a bomb blast, Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Pallbearers carry the coffin of Denis Andreev, age 24, who was killed by a suicide bomb blast in the main railway station, Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin lays flowers at the site of a trolley bus explosion, Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Security personnel patrol the streets, central Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • A policeman patrols a street with New Year's decorations, central Volgograd, Russia, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • A woman cries outside the main railway station, Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 31, 2013. 
  • Investigators work at the site of a blast on a bus in Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 30, 2013.
  • Members of the emergency services work at the site of a bomb blast on a bus in Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 30, 2013.
  • Smoke pours out of the railway station after an explosion, Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 29, 2013. 
  • Investigators work at the site of an explosion near the entrance to a train station in Volgograd, Russia, Dec. 29, 2013. 

Sunday's train-station attack is believed to be the deadliest in three years. In 2011, 37 people were killed when Islamist insurgents bombed a Moscow airport.

On Friday, three people died in another attack some 270 kilometers east of Volgograd, in the city of Pyatigorsk.

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by: Plain Mirror Intl from: Plain Planet-Africa
December 31, 2013 8:22 AM
This is a clear definition to Islam! But ironically and unfortunately too, the US supports them in their diquise forms of rebels. These Islamists use rebellion in a false pretence to fight for democracy they do not believe in. And in all these, the "wise and all-knowing" US remains so blind that these "smart darkness" use the US and give a true definition to the US - The Blasphemer.

To my courageous Vlademir Putin and the good people of Russia, know it that nobody is left out as a potential victim in terrorism. Therefore, all should put politics aside and fight a common enermy, the Terrorists.

by: alex from: New York
December 30, 2013 1:34 AM
Brutal Islam strikes again, and more senseless deaths of innocent people at the train station or on a trolley. Russia has far too much patience with these devils. It's time to take control of the situation and crack down hard.

by: ali baba from: new york
December 29, 2013 8:14 PM
international terrorism umbrella has extended its activities to Russia . International terrorism organization is existed in many countries from Russia ,Pakistan .Afghanistan ,Egypt, Syria, Iraq. the question where is these people get the ideology ,money , explosive . .US Gov. has to face the reality that Islam is not peaceful religion. Islam ideology is worst than Nazi ideology. Europe are playing soft ball with them especially England and Germany. it is time to get aggressive action against them before it will too little to late .military court should use against individual and those who are convicted.They should executed within a few days and avoid lengthy trial . If a suspected arrested in terrorism act ,he should be executed within 15 days from his action. no more excuse like new York times which want say that Osama bin laden group is not involved. This is absurd. all of them are well connected and well financed .this is a fact .no silly joke form liberal new York times. .

by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
December 29, 2013 7:39 PM
Doesn't everybody see that a real, hot war goes on under Putin's rule in lawless Russia as civilians are held hostage while the ruler is safely guarded? Fewer and fewer people are under the spell of his personality. He can't intimidate some of his opponents , and his grip on power is clearly slipping away more and more.

by: Vladimir from: Russia
December 29, 2013 5:11 PM
hey VOA, are you telling us that there were no comments about this atrocious Islamic barbarity...?? do not become the NYT...!!!

by: Ban Muslimes from: UK
December 29, 2013 2:42 PM
Sochi... shapes up to look like the Munich Olympics of 1972...

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