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Second Volgograd attack

December 30, 2013

At least 14 people are reported to have been killed in an explosion on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd. The blast comes a day after a suspected suicide attack killed at least 17 people in the same city.

Members of the emergency services work at the site of a bomb blast on a trolleybus in Volgograd December 30, 2013. At least 10 people were killed when an explosion ripped through a trolleybus in the second deadly blast in the Russian city of Volgograd in two days, the Interfax news agency reported, citing law enforcement officials. REUTERS/Sergei Karpov
Image: Reuters

Second blast rocks Volgograd

Russian officials have raised the death toll from a bomb attack on a trolleybus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd to 14, and suggested that the blast may be linked with Sunday's deadly explosion at the city's main railway station.

Reports said Monday's trolleybus blast completely destroyed the vehicle, a common form of transport in Russian cities, and broke windows in nearby buildings.

A health ministry spokesman said 28 were also wounded in the explosion.

The trolleybus attack comes a day after a suspected suicide bombing at Volgograd's main railway station killed at least 17 people. The death toll rose from 16 overnight when one of the people injured in the attack died of his wounds, hospital officials said.

Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said in a statement that the bombs used in both attacks were similar, showing that the two incidents could be linked.

Sochi security fears

The attacks come amid heightened concerns about security for the Winter Olympic Games to be held in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi in just six weeks' time.

Sochi is in direct proximity to the volatile North Caucasus region, which sees almost daily violence in the course of an Islamist insurgency.

Although no group has immediately claimed responsibility for the Volgograd attacks, there has been much speculation that Islamist militants active in the North Caucasus region may be behind such attacks, after their leader, Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, called on supporters in July to "do their utmost to derail" the Games.

Monday's attack is the third such attack in Volgograd in two months. In October, six people were killed in a suicide bombing on a bus.

Russia's interior ministry said on Sunday it was stepping up security at all the country's main train stations and airports.

tj/msh (AFP, Reuters, dpa)