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Death toll in Russia blasts rises to 33
December 31, 2013, 6:45 am

A Volgograd resident walks crying in Volgograd, Russia early Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 [AP]

A Volgograd resident walks crying in Volgograd, Russia early Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 [AP]

Russian Emergencies Ministry on Tuesday morning put the death toll in the two suicide bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd at 33 even as security has now been tightened at railway stations and airports across Russia.

Two separate explosions ripped through Volgograd’s train station on Sunday and a trolleybus on Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday gave instructions to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee to step up security measures across all of Russia and specifically in Volgograd Region. 

Monday’s attack was the third in the southern city in the past two months, just weeks ahead the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in February to be hosted by Russia in the city of Sochi. The venue is close to Russia’s volatile north Caucasus region, bordering the troubled republics of Chechnya and Dagestan.

The two attacks left over a hundred injured, including 65 people hospitalized.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the two latest explosions.

 

TBP and Agencies

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