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breaking news on r t another a powerful explosion strikes volgograd this time on a trolley bus at least twelve people confirmed dead this less than a day since a suicide bomber killed at least sixteen people at the city's railway station. eleven am in moscow i matras there bring you today's breaking news coverage of the city of volgograd in southern russia which has been struck by a second deadly blast within twenty four hours the latest happening on a trolley bus as it approached a market during the morning rush hour at least twelve people confirmed dead in that attack up to twenty three others wounded including
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a one year old child three of them said to be in critical condition investigators suspect a bomb was planted inside the bus and likely connected to the suicide bombing that happened at the main train station there on sunday that attack killed at least sixteen people and left forty five others wounded and eyewitness to the bus blast on monday told us what she saw. at the moment of the explosion i was asleep. because of an enormous blast to her. glass shattering in the first to two stories of the building i looked out of the window it was still dark in a saw. that was a blast and people were running away from it screaming and within wounded a lot of people were panicking running around the streets it was exactly right show where everybody was going to work or do schools there were lots of people and that's all soo busy. next to him or kid there's
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a lot of traffic always there lots of people were waiting for buses or truly buses it but still. it actually the trolley bus exploded while it was rolling and there were lots of people in the streets everybody started running away from it and screaming but within a minute a police car and ambulances and fire engine all the roof were closed nobody could it broach the people. police came over and started looking for a bomb planted nearby they did see. dead bodies lying on the ground near the trolley bus in a saw bodies being carried away by people. artie's sean smith joins me now live from central moscow with more on the view from the kremlin so what have you heard from russia's administration in light of this morning's developments. the president has been briefed and in anytime that there is a terrorist operation or
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a terrorist attack it is a very serious federal concern in fact the latest information that we've just gotten in is that moscow security has been tightened following the two blasts in volgograd also the head of the f.s.b. alexander cough and the head of the interior ministry while the matter. of having briefed president vladimir putin on the latest security operations that are happening in. which they have killed several suspected terrorists as well as disrupted several terrorist operations down in those two regions the interior ministry has also briefed the president on security measures in the region following the two blasts on what they're going to do to maintain the security presence down there now volgograd emergency ministry has said that they are bolstering troops to aid in that cause in fact we have heard of another plane filled with people and supplies to aid in that cause also president putin and prime
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minister dmitry medvedev have met and discussed what they're going to do for the families of the people who have been injured. and they have decided on a sum of one million rubles which is the equivalent to about thirty thousand u.s. dollars also the emergency committee has established regular communication and an airlift operation so that the people. in volgograd can get airlifted to moscow who need medical attention desperately so that's the latest in this rapidly developing situation to blast in less than twenty four hours and as always in these cases information comes in quickly we'll keep you on top of it as it comes to us thank you sean for that update well it's suggested that the timing of the attacks could be linked to the upcoming winter olympic games in sochi both cities in the same region sochi involved regret as you can see on the map the distance between them is about six hundred fifty kilometers here or so quite a ways away we spoke with a former member of the alpha special forces unit who says there is confidence in the massive security apparatus in place in sochi. all the attacks in
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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 saatchi 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 earlier my colleague spoke with a security expert at moscow state university marks the bota about developments in volgograd. mass transport has always been a target of these islamic terrorist attacks in russia we've seen several terrorist attacks on trains previously as well as our metro stations within moscow over the
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last decade plus i think they calculate this as it is extremely disruptive to the savard of russian society creates a true atmosphere of care or when any and every citizen can be affected who uses public transportation which is the majority of the population although grad is a principal focus simply because it's an easy and close target to the south of the caucasus and is going to be the driving force of the terror threats that. the terrorist the terrorist threats are a loosely based coalition that is often well the islamic caliphate. that is centered around doku umarov who has taken over several years ago of the larger chechen caucasus terrorist groups doku umarov has taken these groups in a much more strictly islamic fundamentalist action than ever has been before they
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have largely been displaced from chechnya itself due to security measures there over the last decade but they still exist in the fringes in the hills of dog just on a round and have support from outside the country. they operate regularly in turkey in saudi arabia and they keep getting support which keeps them going despite their small numbers. or do you think needs to be done to prevent attacks in the. complicated question and i don't think any government in the world that is quite recognized how to stop. terrorism particularly terrorism inspired by a fundamentalist visions of islam this expansionary more difficult in russia because it is a homegrown terrorist albeit one from a very restricted southern area of the country i think the combination of what has
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worked best in chechnya which is a combination of large amounts of federal aid to restart the economy restart employment cooperation with the local moderates sufi islamic. mosques and institutions along with a firm hand of security searches rams i'm could your office has shown he i think this model needs to be extended. as well to august on and. and this is the best chance of combating a problem that has no easy solution of the city of volgograd had barely begun mourning the victims of sunday's deadly train station bombing when a fatal blast targeted monday morning commuters within the past couple of hours as we've been reporting all day here we know twelve people have so far been killed in this latest terror attack or he's margaret howell is live now with the latest so
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are we any closer to finding more details about this latest incident that happened this morning margaret. well that it eight thirty i'm actually on the ground here just behind me is the actual site where this blast took place you can see the wreckage behind me there there are law enforcement scattered all over the grounds here but what we do know eight thirty this morning there was a second suicide blast that occurred here in volgograd and twelve confirmed dead with twenty three and shared so far is what we do know including a one year old baby now we do have an eyewitness accounts of what happened this morning i found hard and that's had a listen to the snow. at the moment the whole place has been cordoned off i'm standing two hundred meters away from the site of the blast from afar you see people who look like bomb experts there are plenty of ambulances here
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traffic is at a standstill which is very unusual for polgar grad were there also many civilian people here many are calling on their cell phones others crying they're trying to find out if their relatives were on the bus that blew up what's horrible is that the incident happened in the morning close to the market as people came to buy things for the new year's holiday it's also now tough to get so phone connections many people are trying to figure out what to do next. it's still reeling from a sunday suicide blast at the main railway station there what are investigators saying about that incident. well as you mentioned not less than twenty four hours ago the first suicide blast took place at the train station and that blast ripping through the corridors and obviously killing a police officer who tried to stop the blast fifteen victims in total including the sixteen this is. a lot of force and officials here originally believe that the
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bomber was a female and possible black widow suicide bomber they did in fact find a male finger inside the pin of her name and they had a sense. that it was a nail bomber now knuckle personnel they flew in from moscow to collect the most seriously injured taking six of those back to moscow last night the other injured remain in any hospital here and take a listen to this reporter's. volgograd busy train station it was 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
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much worse but it's impossible to calculate the toll something like this has on its victims many are still reeling. from i bent 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 carrying me only outside was i able to get a breath of air and sought to understand what was happening so my son father and niece were inside the train station when the gloss 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 investigators are now looking into the identity of the person or persons who carried this out it's now suspected the attacker was male despite earlier reports of a so-called black widow suicide bomber this is the second time in just a few months that this southern russian city has been the target of extremist
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october suicide blast on a passenger bus which killed six and over thirty others is still raw in the memories of people here security has been tightened throughout the country but officials stress that security in russia's olympic city of sochi has never been in question. just about always naturally the main focus is now on the way security will be provided in sochi but it's worth mentioning there's a great difference between volgograd railway station and the olympic games. in terms of security so worries about the safety of the olympics absolutely baseless. governments around the world are beginning to realize that finding international terror threats can only be done clovelly as those who are going to cells and lone terrorist continue to slip through law enforcement snouts we're talking about asia how does the movement which is linked to al qaida that is our rage but not just in russia but also in other countries including in syria as we know now now the direct
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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 c.b.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 our. just to recap the city of volgograd in southern russia struck by its second deadly blast within the space of twenty four hours this latest one happening on a trolley bus as it approached a busy market during morning rush hour at least twelve people now known to have been killed up to twenty eight others injured including a one year old child three of them said to be critically wounded investigators suspect
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a bomb was planted inside the bus and likely connected all of those to the suicide bombing that happened at the main train station there sunday that attack killed at least sixteen people and left forty five others wounded stay with us here on r.t. for the latest updates on this tragedy after a short break. secret laboratory to mccurdy was able to build the most sophisticated robots which will unfortunately doesn't give a darn about anything tim's mission to teach me the creation why it should care about humans and worry that this is why you should care only on the dog.
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choose your language. choose the it's the consensus to. choose the opinions that invigorating to. choose the stories that in life choose access to often. just to recap now volgograd in southern russia struck by its second deadly blast within twenty four hours the latest happening on a trolley bus as it approached a market during the busy morning rush hour at least twelve people known to have been killed up to twenty eight others injured including a one year old child three of them said to be in critical condition the suspected
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it suspected rather than a bomb was planted inside the bus and possibly connected to the sunday train station bombing that killed at least sixteen people and left forty five others wounded there joining me now is arthur out-i of he's a senior scientific analyst is institute egypt research thanks for joining us here on our teach this being the second explosion within a day's time do you think the two are connected at this point. yes. i would like to clarify this is the third explosion in a short time starting from a tuber and they are definitely related even though no leaders of terrorists have assumed that responsibility so far we know preliminary information about the people who pulled off yesterday's terrorist attack but definitely those terrorist attacks are interrelated and they
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are aimed at destabilizing not only north caucasus but also to. joining it territories areas that are close to the zone of instability is the purpose is to destabilize the whole of southern russia especially in the run up of the winter olympics in sochi which will be the major event in the world of sports i would like to emphasize that the sponsors of this serious attack. pursued the goal of showing to their own sponsors their own investors in turn to shoot to them that terrorism does bear fruit that it does bear profit and that it does have a potential in southern russia you mention jihadism so who do you think is behind these attacks. you know right
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now it is very difficult to sort out some specific sponsors. or customers but if you analyze. the terrorist underground in north caucasus or in the world in general you can come to the conclusion that those customers are sponsors are the. complicated chain and if you go to stop then you come to. certain political forces that are located way outside of russia in they have been stimulating destabilizing processes in russia for a long time in order to reduce not only its foreign policy influence but also but also the influence of the federal center in some of russia's regions in the it is no coincidence that volgograd was chosen as
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a target until recently i did not think that well grad was the hold of foreign terrorists or underground in russia but today i am convinced of that i am convinced that there is a stronghold here in the region we have a very diverse population there are people of. ethnic origins in the various religious communities we have a trans. the we have a. desperate tatar they asked for we have a despereaux of people from of ghana stan so we have a very complicated and diverse ethnic. picture here so the purpose of those terrorist attacks is to destabilize the region. in it appears to me that. that coming terrorism in the media. it's becoming increasingly important these days. because this might sound kind
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of but we have such an issue today as. those who pull off those attacks or those who said bombers why do you think of has been targeted instead of say moscow. i was actually trying to emphasize that. there are many reasons but. one of them that i would like to underline as a major motive. if you see all those islamist and separatist projects in north caucasus they're losing. they're losing out and in that context they're losing the terrorists legitimacy and that's why terrorists are trying to exports terrorism in other regions of russia those of you can porton this and develop a good region is really important in terms of transport and in terms of geography
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destabilizing the region would enable terrorists to. to severe to see where north caucasus from the rest of russia in that destabilize neighboring region such as the region. it would help them isolate say the south of russia from the rest of the country and bring their. jihad is a project of to a new level so far this project is largely a theory but with attacks such as this one here is are trying to prove that they are worth their salt that the are capable of something all right arthur attire thank you very much for that insight live for us from. archies arena gulu show is live for us now in central moscow with more from the kremlin so
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irina what is the administration's view of the incident and this latest attacks in volgograd this is something that obviously the president the prime minister and the entire can say top of their government is keeping really close tabs on the radio this morning russian president putin has made with the heads of the federal security service the f.s.b. and the ministry of interior they have briefed them on the situation in the volgograd region also have been on the center on the several operations and terroristic operations which took place in the region and in the republic of dagestan all of these are in the south of russia and are known to be some kind of hotbeds of certain terrorist activities and now. there's also information that the federal the dea head of the ethnicity of the federal security service is actually going to fly to balls or ground as requests from president bush is going to keep tabs on the situation that will only go so it's
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important to note is that it was obvious situation with the security has been heightened in volgograd but only so it is going to go on as well there is an increased police presence on the public transportation and i just imagine also they're starting to appear on the streets so it's kind of not exactly a holiday mood that we could be talking about now when it comes to actually helping those are who have suffered in these attacks and have lost their loved ones though the president as he has met with the prime minister and that's great if they have discussed the amounts of aid has to be issued to the families of those who were killed that's roughly one that's one million illegals that's roughly thirty thousand dollars just a little bit over that and also they talked about a financial compensation to those who have been wounded in the terrorist acts which have shaken volgograd and pretty much the entire country over the course of the last twenty four hours. all right our teams are in evolution go live for us in
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a central moscow thank you very much for that update and we asked dr your on qahtani from the international institute for counterterrorism what could be done to avert such tragedies in the future when it's not just not always not always easy to prevent it and there's you know that takes place other. than just the bench and the fact that those seven months ago in boston in america again by people who generally came from just the up for this it up to be all such as cops to be prevented must be a very good intelligence and they did it just to be with the hands of the company or they said is that they have a head of the way should be between countries you go sometimes and it's not just being allowed the month place at the expense of the different part of the local community. the city of volgograd in southern russia has been hit by a second deadly blast within twenty four hours this is the main event that we're covering today the latest happening on a trolley bus as it approached a busy market during morning rush hour at least twelve people known to have been
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killed up to twenty eight others injured including a one year old child three of them said to be in critical condition it's a speck in a bomb was planted inside the bus and probably connected to sunday's train station bombing that killed at least sixteen people and left forty five others wounded speaking after the first blast the u.n. secretary general called for those responsible for the tragedy to be brought to justice and terrorism also unanimously condemned by the u.n. security council antiwar activists done to bar things it's up to the international community to join forces against the global terror threat. people on the ground who did this perhaps may be you know anonymous players just individuals who are incited one way or another but you do not move weaponized explosives into a major city without the aid of very powerful forces state actors usually and so i think that the focus should be for the entire international community to
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take a look already at who are the state actors that are enabling these things saudi arabia comes to mind for example and to make them the international pariah as that they should be and to impose criminal sanctions on those responsible within those governments more developments in volgograd shortly here on r t stay with us. others live in the. picture. from around the. globe.
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