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Bombings In Russia Raise Fears Of Terrorism Attacks At Sochi Games
Published December 30, 2013
MORE TO COME? Foreign Policy Research Institute Center for the Study of Terrorism co-Chair Edward Turzanski said that the first attack "had the hallmarks of a bombing by Chechen Islamic extremists." He added, "Without a doubt they could attack the Games. That would be their greatest prize" (BOSTON HERALD, 12/30). In London, Womack & Naughton reported the size and death toll of the bombing "emphasises the security challenge" Russia President Vladimir Putin faces in advance of the Winter Olympics. Putin "was immediately informed" of Sunday's explosion (LONDON TIMES, 12/29). USA TODAY's Larry Copeland notes the bombings "fit a pattern of recent terror attacks and increased the focus on already-heavy security" for the Olympics. The bombings came "several months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games." The IOC said that it "was confident of Russia's security preparation for the Games" (USA TODAY, 12/30).