On December 29, a massive explosion went off at around 12:45 pm in the building of the railway station in the city of Volgograd. The invaders’ gang of so-called “national anti-terrorism committee” stated that it was a martyrdom attack and the bomb was detonated by a “suicide bomber”.
A yellow press website Life News, used by the KGB/FSB to leak information, hastened to publish “a photo of the female suicide bomber” who was allegedly present at the station.
The invaders stated that they “preliminarily identified” her: it was a 25-26-year-old Oksana Aslanova (or Arslanova) – a widow of one of the Mujahideen commanders of Dagestan, writes UmmaNews.
But very soon the version of a “female suicide bomber” was refuted by a source of the news agency Interfax: the attack on the station in Volgograd organized by a “Russian Wahhabi”, it said, who brought the explosives in a backpack.
Sources give the surname of the alleged Mujahid – Pavlov.
The gang “investigative committee” named the assumed power of the bomb, which ripped off from hinges heavy doors of the station, – at least 10 kg of TNT.
The fact that more and more Russian Muslims are involved in the Jihad can not but cause concern in Moscow. According to experts, men of Slavic exterior can very easily hide in the crowd without drawing attention.
We would also like to point out that a native of the Volgograd region is a Russian Mujahid Muhammad (Pavel) Kosolapov, whom the KGB suspects of the organizing martyrdom attacks in Moscow metro in 2004 and an attack on the Nevsky Express train in 2007.
“Apparently, this city attracted attention of the terrorists as a major transport interchange hub in the south of Russia”, tell the KGB thugs.
Currently, the KGB checks the version about the presence in Volgograd of “a powerful and well-organized terrorist structure”.
Meanwhile, western media responded to the attack on December 29 in Volgograd by articles where it expressed doubts about safety of visitors of Putin’s olympics in Sochi.
“The blast, which ripped through the city’s main railway station… is the second to strike the city in just three months, underscoring the security threat to the up coming Sochi Olympics”, writes The Telegraph.
First Post writes:
“It could add to concerns about the government’s ability to safeguard the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Games, which open in 40 days’ time, are a major prestige project for Putin, who wants to show how far Russia has come since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
Insurgent leader Doku Umarov, a Chechen warlord, urged militants in a video posted online in July to use “maximum force” to prevent Putin staging the Olympics. On Friday, a car bomb killed three people (and demolished half of building of the police station – KC) in Pyatigorsk, close to the North Caucasus and 270 km (170 miles) east of Sochi.
“We can expect more such attacks”, said Alexei Filatov, deputy head of the veterans’ association of the elite Alfa anti-terrorism unit.
“The threat is greatest now because it is when terrorists can make the biggest impression, he told Reuters. – The security measures were beefed up long ago around Sochi, so terrorists will strike instead in these nearby cities like Volgograd”.
Volgograd is one of the venues for the 2018 soccer World Cup, another high-profile sports event Putin has helped Russia win the right to stage, and which will bring thousands of foreign fans to cities around Russia.
Sunday’s attack was the deadliest to strike Russia’s heartland since January 2011, when a male suicide bomber from the North Caucasus killed 37 people in the arrivals hall of a busy Moscow airport.
But Filatov said that the widespread practice of placing metal detectors at the entrance of airports and stations risked causing more casualties: “We are creating this danger ourselves by allowing a place for a crowd to gather”.”
Wall Street Journal:
“The Volgograd attacks [attack on a bus on October 21 and Sunday attack at railway station] are likely to raise fears ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which start in early February… Volgograd, a city of about one million, is about 690 kilometers (428 miles) northeast of Sochi. On Friday, a car bomb outside a police station killed three people (and demolished half of building of the police station – KC) in the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk, which is about 275 kilometers from Sochi”.
The Associated Press:
“No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing in Volgograd, but it came several months after Chechen rebel leader Dokku Umarov called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games. Volgograd, which borders the Caucasus, is 550 miles south of Moscow and 400 miles northeast of Sochi, a Black Sea resort flanked by the North Caucasus Mountains.
Suicide bombings and other attacks linked to Islamic rebels roaming the North Caucasus have rocked Russia for years. The government has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers, police and other security personnel to protect the Olympics, President Vladimir Putin’s pet project, and the organizers have pledged to make the Sochi Games will be the “safest Olympics in history”. “
Christian Science Monitor:
“Similar attacks have killed thousands in several Russian cities over the past decade-and-a-half, but the approaching Sochi Winter Olympics has likely stimulated terrorist planners such as Chechen Islamist warlord Doku Umarov to step up their activities.
Russian media reports suggest that Sochi itself, garrisoned with around 40,000 special police and protected by an array of high-tech security measures, as well as the capital city of Moscow, may have been made relatively impregnable to terrorist infiltration. But scores of other large Russian cities, such as Volgograd, have received less attention and clearly remain vulnerable.
The bombing is bound to increase anxieties in the Kremlin, with the opening of the Sochi Games barely a month away and President Vladimir Putin’s prestige heavily invested in a successful outcome.
Andrei Soldatov, editor of Agentura.ru, an online journal that studies the security services, warns that the two Volgograd attacks in recent months demonstrate that terrorists from the turbulent north Caucasus have the capability to strike repeatedly at major Russian targets.
“The real fear is that these Volgograd bombings could be diversionary attacks,” he says. “This has happened before, we know the terrorists use such tactics. If they are planning something big, attacks like this can distract the security forces, make them divert resources from the main target, and generally sow uncertainty everywhere. . . They clearly have the ability to strike beyond the north Caucasus region, and the people to carry it out. There is no reason to assume that Sochi and Moscow are safe, just because they’re hitting Volgograd,” he says.”
In a separate comment on the situation around Volgograd KGB expert Soldatovsaid that the blast in Volgograd (if they really carried out by the Mujahideen, because no one have yet taken any responsibility for them) – is part of an overall strategy.
“And I am very afraid that its essence is to attempt to distract security forces, given the approaching Olympics”, writes Soldatov.
According to him, the Mujahideen are very adept at using such diversionary tactics of distraction, and it is the greatest threat to Moscow – that task is a distraction from the situation in Sochi.
“They want to show to the security forces that they have to spend more resources on security, not only at Olympic facilities, but also outside the region, because the terrorists can strike there also. In addition, the Volgograd itself apparently was chosen again so that both local Moscow security forces spend some additional forces there, which again serves the same purpose of crushing attention. I think that all the security agencies are now thinking about such a possibility.
When Dokku Umarov issued a statement in July canceling ban of terrorist attacks in central Russia, there were two important questions that had no answer.
The main was the following: why there were no terrorist attacks for a year and a half – was it a merit of the Putin’s security services or was it because militants followed the instructions of Umarov? Accordingly, after his speech in which he said that he would now strike at Sochi, it was unclear whether he had people and means for that. And the events in Volgograd show that he has both. Not only at the executive level, but also at the level of the organizers, since the organizer of a previous terrorist attack had been again killed. And all this, of course, makes to think the worst options, and so it is assumed that this series of terrorist attacks serves as a distraction before the big event – the olympic games”, concludes Soldatov.