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Second Deadly Terrorist Attack in Russia in Two Days Stokes Security Fears for Sochi: VIDEO

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BY PRIYANKA BOGHANI / GlobalPost

A blast on a trolleybus during rush hour in Volgograd, Russia left at least 14 people dead and 28 wounded on Monday.

VolgogradThe attack came just a day after another deadly explosion ripped through the city's train station which killed 17 and wounded more than 40.

Russian authorities blamed the explosion on a suicide bomber.

It's the third deadly attack to hit Russia before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as Friday saw three people killed in Pyatigorsk.

"For the second day, we are dying - it's a nightmare," a woman near the blast site told Reuters. "What are we supposed to do, just walk now?"

Security experts view the attacks as connected to the Chechen jihadist leader Doku Umarov, who vowed to disrupt the Sochi games that start in six weeks.

In July, Umarov urged his followers to "do their utmost to derail" the games, which he called "satanic dances on the bones of our ancestors."

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for Russia's main investigative body, said the bomb used in Monday's blast was similar to the one used on Sunday.

"That confirms the investigators' version that the two terror attacks were linked," Markin said in a statement. "They could have been prepared in one place."

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Monday he was confident that the Sochi Games would be safe and secure in spite of the uptick in terrorist incidents. "I have personally written to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to express our condolences to the Russian people," Bach said. "I am certain that everything will be done to ensure the security of the athletes and all the participants of the Olympic Games."

Earlier Monday, Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov said that no extra security measures would be added due to the attacks because all the necessary security precautions have already been taken.

Watch a CNN report on the bombing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This can't be good for the Russian propaganda machines. The Olympics will light up this country, and that light already seems to be showing that they have some very dark and scary corners.

    Posted by: 604brian | Dec 30, 2013 1:30:03 PM


  2. While my heart goes out to the innocent victims, I hope enough people think twice about going to Russia for the games. The IOC will back Putin even if it means putting lives at risk. They have a lot of blood on their hands. SHAME.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Dec 30, 2013 1:32:58 PM


  3. are they gonna be hosting the Olympics or The Hunger Games?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 30, 2013 1:49:14 PM


  4. Nothing says Olympic "celebration" like suicide bombers! This is what happens when you select a backwards, third world country and try to stage a world-class event. Disaster becomes a distinct possibility.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 30, 2013 2:06:48 PM


  5. most likely chechnyan rebels financed by the saudis

    Posted by: Moz's | Dec 30, 2013 3:01:54 PM


  6. How agonizing it must be for them to be the target of violent ideologues.

    Posted by: JJ | Dec 30, 2013 3:03:02 PM


  7. If I were an athlete going for the Sochi games, I think I would be nervous about it.

    Posted by: Tom | Dec 30, 2013 3:39:26 PM


  8. Hope they don't blame it on the homosexuals.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 30, 2013 3:39:59 PM


  9. Like a certain german historical figure blamed
    everything on the communists.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 30, 2013 3:42:57 PM


  10. KGB...I mean Russian Government will make safe everyone for Olympics. No thing worry about.

    Posted by: V. Putin | Dec 30, 2013 3:44:39 PM


  11. I hate Russia's backward ass government but these Islamic savages are worse Islam need to be purged from the world

    Posted by: Lee | Dec 30, 2013 3:45:27 PM


  12. Nobody cares about Nazi Russia.

    Posted by: RMc | Dec 30, 2013 3:46:44 PM


  13. Where's the NSA's terrorist stopping superpowers when you need them?

    Posted by: anon | Dec 30, 2013 3:58:38 PM


  14. Those who have repeatedly advocated an American boycott of the Sochi Games now quietly smile to themselves, as awful as such murders can be. There is sure more to come from these criminals. Take heed all who attend.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 30, 2013 4:00:41 PM


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