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Russia: two terror attacks in Volgograd. 30 killed.

Train station under terror attack in Volgograd, Russia.

Train station under terror attack in Volgograd, Russia.

Today an explosion hit a bus in Volgograd, 14 people were killed. The authorities suspect the terrorist was a male.  Yesterday an explosion at the main train station in the Russian city of Volgograd (former Stalingrad) killed at least 16 people, including one police officer, 34 people injured (including a 9 year old girl) , said Vladimir Markin ,Head of the Investigative Committee of Russia.

Markin said the terrorist was a woman, and that the female suicide bomber set off the device of 10 k of TNT before she could pass through a metal detector.

However, hours later, the authorities said the terrorist a the train station was a male, non identified yet, possibly from Dagestan.

 

It is the third bombing in Volgograd in two months and comes less than six weeks ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, located less than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the city.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The restive region of Chechnya is also located in this southern portion of Russia.

President Vladimir Putin posted a message on the Kremlin’s website “sending his condolences to the family of those killed and wishing a quick recovery to those injured”. while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the emergency and health ministries to provide “all necessary assistance” to the wounded.

Dagestan has been a scene of low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism since the 1990s. According to ICG International Crisis Group, the militant Islamist organization Shariat Jamaat is responsible for much of the violence. Much of the tension is rooted in an internal Islamic conflict between traditional Sufi groups advocating secular government and more recently introduced Salafist teachers preaching the implementation of Sharia law in Dagestan. The Salafists in Dagestan are most likely the founders of the “black widows” group, and responsible for the death of Sufi leader Sheikh Said Afandi in the hands of another jihadist female suicide bomber.

Sheikh Afandi, a seventy-five-year old Sufi Muslim leader, had played the critical role in attempting to bring about reconciliation in Dagestan between jihadist Salafi Sunni Muslims and other factions, many of whom in Dagestan see themselves as followers of Sufi. Due to the unstable situation, Dagestan could suffer an outbreak of religious war in the tiny Russian autonomous republic.

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