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a suicide blast in the russian city of volgograd kills fourteen passengers on a bus less than a day after a deadly bombing ripped through the city's train station. russia's president vladimir putin orders tighter security across the whole country in the wake of the bombings party investigates the security situation in saw the host of the host city of the upcoming winter olympics. our other top stories artificial intelligence u.s. government hackers routinely bug computer gadgets purchased online that's according to fresh n.s.a. leaks published in germany. syria mess is its year end deadline for ridding itself of toxic weapons we speak exclusively to the head of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to find out why.
you're watching r t live from moscow i'm lindsey france thanks for joining me. for the second time in just two days the russian city of volgograd has been targeted by terrorists today fourteen people have been killed after a suicide bomber blew up a bus less than twenty four hours earlier if some similar assault on the city's railway station claimed at least seventeen lives artie's margaret howell is following the developments in volgograd. i am here in the marketplace where that troll a bus exploded this morning at eight thirty in the morning causing a massive deaths bodies everywhere a lot of information that is still coming out about the stroll the attack that happened this morning it has been confirmed that there was
a suicide bomber on that trolling bus that claimed these lives we have an eyewitness account of this event. i was in my way from work to the u. turn and then i heard a blast i was already standing in a queue and one of the other drivers asked if there was an explosion there was no panic but a hurt scream so i drove by to save the children and help people but they told me that only the driver of the bus was injured and so i took the driver surrogate to the hospital surrogate told me that the conductor had died and also said that the cabin wasn't completely fooled but i saw around six corpses myself so the residue in the. pit is to me at the moment of the explosion i was that hole that's about one hundred fifty meters away from the bus stop the shock wave was really strong and so my whole family jumped up from their beds after ten minutes i ran from my place to the bus stop and saw a great number of dead bodies parts of bodies clothes i could smell t.n.t. immediately drawls of ambulances arrived police cars the governor's vehicles and
the investigation again i just saw bodies lying on both sides near the bus ambulances took a lot of them i don't know which ones were dead or alive. the monster responsible for this clearly ended can clearly wanted a maximum death toll in the way that he went about doing this this morning now we do have investigators that are giving us more information regarding what happened this morning based on preliminary results we can already say that a terrorist suicide bomber activated the bomb it was a male parts of his body were taken from the scene of the blast and sent for d.n.a. testing to determine who he was also we can say that the explosion had the force of no less than four kilograms of t.n.t. just as the device at the train station it contained damage agent and since there were the same damage agents discovered in both cases both attacks were connected
they possibly could have even been made in the same place law enforcement officials they are heavy on the ground here and security has obviously been tightened all throughout russia but particularly here in this city as these two attacks that happened within twenty four hours of each other with the first bombing of the train station a lot of information is still forthcoming but taking a look at what's happened so far the busy train station that's rocked by the blast of a terrorist bomb on sunday afternoon shards of metal ripped through an area around a security checkpoint as passengers waited for their luggage to be inspected officials say the bomb was equivalent to at least ten kilos of t.n.t. and only the security barrier prevented this scene of devastation from becoming much worse but it's impossible to calculate the toll something like this has on its victims many are still reeling. i bend down to collect my documents when
i saw a flash of light and there was a blast i was thrown back by the explosion when i came to my senses a man who was scaring me only outside was i able to get a breath of air and saw that the understood. what was happening. my son father and niece were inside the train station when the blast went off they're all in intensive care now they're badly injured they were headed for a train to moscow but never made it a second bomb was later discovered it had failed to detonate this is the second time in just a few months that the southern russian city has been the target of extremist october suicide blast on a passenger bus which killed six and over thirty others is still raw in the memories of people here governments around the world are beginning to realize that fighting international terror threats can only be done globally as both organized cells and lone terrorist continue to slip through law enforcements nets we're
talking about asian harvest movement which is linked to al qaida that is operated not just in russia but also in other countries including in syria as we know now now the direct motive is not different from the previous attacks on moscow on other locations inside russia and i would say it is not so different from attacks that has happened around the world got a c.v. it's against democracies against countries that they want to consider as enemies with a tragedy like this one that hit volgograd just days ahead of the new year's celebrations it's no surprise authorities thought it more appropriate to cancel the festivities and to clear the first three days of twenty point as a period of mourning in volgograd margaret how will r.t. . russia's president has met with top government officials in order to secure data to be put on high alert following those bombings are to serena has the latest. tightening of the security measures across the entire country that was one of the
results of the numerous meetings during which the russian president has conducted throughout monday that particular result was the outcome of his meeting with the national and to terrorist community prior to that president putin has met with the heads of the securities of the federal security service and ministry of the interior who have updated him on the information on the situation in the volgograd region and on the nearby regions as well coming out of that meeting the head of the federal security service jetted off to volgograd to oversee the situation there personally he has already said that they have enough clues which allow them the investigators to hope that the investigation into the organizers those who have who have been standing behind these terror attacks will be complete soon also of course we have on the ground the ministry of the emergencies who are working day and night in order to alleviate the situation somehow for people who have lost their loved ones and who may be in the governmental care here is how the minister of the
emergency situation describes their work. we are putting our forces on high alert in the entire region. president putin ordered every family that suffered from major attacks will be compensated we're also establishing constant communication with volgograd and from there will be transporting to moscow some petersburg and. the families of those who died in the terror attacks will receive one million rubles that's about thirty thousand dollars and those who have been injured in these terror attacks will also receive monetary compensation albeit a slightly lower one now when it comes to international reaction when we know that at this point are some president has spoken on the phone with the president of france and the two leaders have agreed to work together in order to in order to lessen the terrorist activity and danger in. all of their countries also the
ministry of foreign affairs has come out with a statement. criminal acts involved the ground as well as terrorist attacks in the us syria iraq libya afghanistan the jiri and other countries organized in the same part inspired by the same thinking this digger from the ministry of foreign affairs has also condemned the dividing terrorists into the wrong kind and the right kind depending on the geo political goals that the person or the entities who are making their judgment are trying to reach or sensually and that is according to the ministry of foreign affairs any sort of terrorism is a crime. for perspective on this issue we're joined now live by dr jonathan fine from the international institute for counterterrorism sir can you tell us some reports suggest the main suspect in the first bombing was a member of the militant group based out of russia's north caucasus and those groups have links with al qaeda is this is the path that the investigators need to
be following at this point. well i figure if you will focus on google a model for example when the famous liberation from sioux falls on the server when he nominated himself as the new emirate of the new mirror of the emirate of chechnya and he had definitely answers that profile i don't know you have to serve the stage of hugo really was responsible for this but it definitely falls and that . kind of set up an ideology or he declared in two thousand and seven i believe that he's declared war against russia but he was declared war against us we're against the u.k. against the united states sympathizing with the palestinians with. bob in somalia so when you have your eyes i presume that is the same pattern that we saw in previous terrorist attacks launched from because i'm from chechnya by these local jihad radical sunni organizations there's nothing new unfortunately about this what
is an attack like this what sort of a message does it send to the international community as far as how they balance together to fight terrorism. well first of all i think that sort of targeting the some of the modern body of the u.s. may two thousand and eleven first of all it's very important for anybody who is affiliated with a car group to convey the following message that we are alive and kicking and one of the kairos major. objectives i would certainly major. gains was to spread an idea and that idea is not only based up guy stout or in what was a kind of central part of an eleven but we seem to do the i mean we see it in ships you know we see it in gaza organizations like hamas spouse of the slums you hopping . from another direction we also see with she's a follower of his follower she acts all the radicals who me and shared
organizations of virtue of the same ideology and i agree with what you reported before that the enemy definition is not only russia is or the united states will be defined as the if you do crusade alliance there for this the enemy is strictly religious and therefore the war is global when you talk about this conflict you talk about global move more so the message is first of all we're here we're alive secondly i think the exception in russia the job they are trying to send a message to the president to this far as you live the games are coming in sochi but that's not the only reason they attack before they'll do it afterwards everybody everywhere or anywhere they could do with them and of course we have a lot of experience here also of this room with the same kind of ideology the same kind of strategy do the same kind of zappa's all right dr jonathan is lying to me to get rid of a bus or train station blowing up a boat row yes i can definitely understand what you mean there as far as there there are no front tears they're not willing willing to cover and in the message
they're trying to sign up just like dr jonathan fine the international institute for counterterrorism thank you very much. international leaders are sending their sympathies to those affected by the tragic tragic events in volgograd british prime minister david cameron has sent a letter to vladimir putin offering help in the fight against terrorism r.t. surf earth has more on the international reaction worldwide leaders have expressed condolences and we'll take a look at some of that international reaction now we've heard from the israeli prime minister netanyahu saying that the attacks serve as a painful reminder of the urgent needs to join forces and the united effort to eradicate the dangerous scourge of terrorism we've heard from german chancellor angela merkel who sent a letter of condolence to president putin expressing her grief over the attacks that took place in volgograd the u.s. department of state released a statement saying that the u.s. condemns on the strongest terms the attacks and the u.n.
secretary general ban ki-moon also expressing his sympathies in calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice around the world in the aftermath of those attacks i think that's a very much what we've heard kate is the calls for a unified approach to addressing the issue of terrorism worldwide well the host of our t's show going underground afshin rattansi says apart from offering cooperation western governments should review the way they fight global terror. it's laughable that western politicians should want cooperation when they themselves are being given special training to silat fists who have then gone on to commit murders against their own people in libya in syria time and time again it's as if the lessons of afghanistan in the one nine hundred eighty s. have not been learned there needs to be international cooperation but first we need to know where are britain's m i six agents where is the american cia when it comes
to these to laugh its movements there needs to be that kind of cooperation but at the moment it seems that there is a burgeoning cold war perhaps it'll take another atrocity in a european or american capital or a big city for them to realize that they must talk with the russians over security because the terrorists only have to be right once. but closely following the developments and you can also head to our to dot com for a minute by minute timeline of the about. after a short break we'll continue our coverage on the terror attacks and what it means for security in soft the two thousand and fourteen winter olympics host city stay with us for that.
you're watching our to live from moscow i'm lindsey france thanks for joining me for saying with the suicide attacks in volgograd right now it's being speculated that the timing is linked to the upcoming winter olympic games in saudi it starts in less than six weeks now volgograd and saatchi are in the same region but around six hundred fifty kilometers separate these two cities and a spokesman from the international olympic committee expressed confidence that the russian authorities will be able to keep the games safe artists about let's say reports from softy. the news no doubt have been received with shock and condolences are going out to those who have lost loved ones in a ball go to the international olympic committee has said that they trust that russia will provide a safe haven come the winter olympics in twenty forty in terms of all russia's olympic committee they have always had a plan for security even going as far as spending money when it comes to security
technology i want to add a station to actually witness some of the technology in the use and when you go into the certainly a sense of calmness within the station you go through the scanners at the check ins and commuters are like that that goes scanners and checks make us all feel safe and they need it but we spoke to a former member of the alpha and anti terror special forces unit and he said some of the confidence that the olympic committee shades more photos but. all the attacks in volgograd are part of the same chain the terrorists are trying to incite fear ahead of the winter olympics so that people become scared to go to saudi no wonder they've chosen the holiday season for this to make it even more painful for the people and to draw plenty of world attention but i believe this won't have any effect on the olympics and the people who are planning to come will still do so they can be sure of their safety because almost two billion dollars have been
allocated to security measures that's even more than the sum for the london olympics now in terms of the russian olympic security. plan for the olympics we know that twenty three thousand police officers will be deployed up to ten thousand military troops who will dig deep deep to be deployed as well including twenty eight three thousand of the emergency services also will be out here during the olympic time as well everybody else within the city we've been seeing already police officers patrolling around the cities particularly at those special. places that we see the vents of the twenty fourteen olympics and also the people who've been working on the construction who've all come to sochi during that time building this will be also to leave this city come the end of december and then in terms of the transport hubs vehicles would be limited on the roads starting from at the end of december only people with special processes will
be allowed to go on the roads now of course with those numbers i mean you know we're looking forward in the next couple of days to see if indeed officials will want to extend the amount of those numbers that we heard from the special police services that will be here for their limpid time. it's not the first time public transport is attacked in russia and it's actually been a frequent target for terrorists internationally as well in one thousand nine hundred five thirteen people were killed in tokyo and over four thousand injured by a siren gas attack in the subway in march two thousand and four coordinated bombings hit the train system in madrid one hundred ninety one people died and over a thousand were wounded july two thousand and five saw a series of suicide attacks in london targeting the underground and buses fifty two people were killed and around seven hundred injured and of course the nine eleven tragedy also involved transport for passenger planes were hijacked by al-qaeda terrorists and flown into a number of targets including the world trade center in new york city almost three
thousand people died and thousands more were injured journalist and broadcaster neil clark thinks western governments actions to tackle terror are inconsistent despite the global nature of the threat. western approach to terrorism has been very consistent because we're told on the one hand that the west implacably opposed to radical islamic terrorism and that it's the biggest it's a school shooting manatee etc and yet on the other hand we have the west lining up with radical islamic terrorists in syria you know back on the same side as al qaeda trying to topple a secular government the west has got to i think change its relationship with saudi arabia which is a major sponsor of a lot of these radical islamic groups around the world west has got to realize its foreign policy the trouble is if you look at syria for example the west is actually on the same side as a terrorist because it's because of its relationships with large increase we both want that regime in syria to be removed so i think we need a shift in the western capitals i think we need to get to work closer with russia
because when they reach closer cooperation we saw that with the boston bombing scene we when we had the russian warnings about the south sarina brothers were ignored by the americans because there again there was this tendency so it's russian warnings to do with pictures thought and so unless the west does work cooperate more seriously with russia as equal partners in this battle against the radical terrorist groups you know that the program that's the major shift that's got to happen. online for you right now we're providing in-depth coverage of events involving grad while on tarty dot com for live updates images and analysis of the attacks. plus it's in motion section of our website has graphic video showing the aftermath of the blast from our video agency replayed. in syria the western backed militants have severely disrupted work to rid the country of its chemical weapons the latest deadline which is just
a day away will be missed this edition of worlds apart on a white girl speaks exclusively to the director general of the organization for the for the prohibition of chemical weapons and asks how much has been achieved in two thousand and thirteen. why these successes that you just mentioned the dad line for the removal of category one agency that deadline is going to be missed i wonder whose responsibility do you think that is the direction for the ration is as well as others of the other costs for sort of the process of the united states and the united nations have been very active in the past weeks. the necessary equipment for transportation and most of the equipment made a little and we expect to see you know authorities to make sure soon so i wouldn't blame anyone for distillate so there were some object resistant as far as i understand your inspectors on the ground are not planning to accompany these convoys are your role or will delimited to verify and the loading process in
damascus and the offloading in lattakia and i wonder why not because obviously some members of the international community. distrust the assad government very much so why not go all the way in verifying be compliance of the syrian regime. there are we have very strict rules all fifty three have been applying over the years so it's sixteen years and our experts have determined. on sites where the chemical weapons will be a lot to chew on trucks as for there's some verification you know mechanism in place in that. before loading on ships it would be adequate and that's what we are going to do. well if you're considering buying a new laptop online you might want to think twice because the u.s. intelligence agencies are reportedly planting bugs on them before they reach their
destinations german news magazine der spiegel says there is a special n.s.a. unit dedicated to this task is peter oliver has more. the latest revelations that have come out from edward snowden that have been reported and beagle seem to show that the n.s.a. spying snooping capabilities are far beyond what we previously thought not only can they listen to our phone calls listen to our e-mails but that in fact anything you would you buy may already come fully equipped with n.s.c. hardware now never mind scientists workshop they talk about a secret workshop that would install chips into computers that may be sold in certain areas that the n.s.a. deems to be worth looking into. so that means that anybody that receives a computer for christmas have a look inside it that may well be something you didn't quite expect in their know
as well as that it also the latest revelations that were reported and also go into the fact that the underwater cables that connect us all around the world have also been hacked by the n.s.a. and yes we're all being spied on and they all they know everything what we're looking at in not only can they access what we are sending over the internet but in case it may well be that the hardware that we we send those messages with has already being tampered with or passengers on a ship trapped in the ice in the antarctic or be evacuated by chinese helicopter the stranded academic which is carrying an australian scientific expedition has been stuck since christmas was when ted pushed the vessel into ice which then froze it into place the majority of passengers and crew will now be removed after chinese french and australian icebreaker failed to free the shed it's not in danger of thinking and there are weeks of supplies left for those on board scientists have
even continued their work. we're closely watching the latest developments in the wake of the bombings in volgograd on air and online as well a suicide blast has killed fourteen people on a bus injuring over forty including three children the blast went off as the bus was approaching a market during the morning rush hour investigators say the attack was carried out by a male suicide bomber and came less than twenty four hours after a similar bombing targeted the city's railway station claiming seventeen lives injuring over sixty. coming up as promised oksana boyko speaks to the director general of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons in worlds apart. so we believe that maybe. the oceans you're. already there's an.
come on welcome to all of the part of the year of two thousand and thirteen it will leave a mixed legacy as far as chemical weapons are concerned especially in syria where a witness both die of proliferation and prohibition over the space of a few months well to discuss based on knowledge joined by aftermath of them to director general of the organisation for the politician of chemical weapons mr isn't just thank you very much for taking part in the program. thank you very much simpler now you called two thousand and thirteen a truly historic cold here a year that saw the o.p.c. w. embark on probably the biggest challenge in its history trying to you.