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breaking news in r.c. international there is heightened security across russia after twin suicide bombings kill up to thirty two people in the city of volgograd both blasts happened within twenty four hours of each other. this is also international and it was done with the breaking news this hour president putin has ordered security to be tightened across russia and south of the city of volgograd in the south was hit by two explosions within twenty four hours during the monday morning rush hour a blast ripped through a trolley bus in a suicide bombing that investigators say was similar to sunday's railway station
explosion that tanks have claimed up to thirty two lives and aussies margaret howell is involved a grant for us margaret are we any clearer about this later suspected terror attack . we are in fact we have information that's been forthcoming throughout the day i am here in the marketplace where that troll a bus exploded this morning at eight thirty in the morning causing massive deaths bodies everywhere and you'll hear in just a moment from some eyewitness accounts i wanted to tell you briefly anecdotally i did notice off to the side that some woman and her young child were crossing the street so it's good to see people out despite the horrific events that happened here just to this morning that people are not allowing fear to be a factor in still and still living in this area which was really encouraging for me to see but as you mentioned
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 take a listen. 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 sergey told me that the conductor had died he also said that the cabin wasn't completely full but i saw around six corpses myself the residue it. produced and at the moment of the explosion i was at home that's about one hundred fifty meters away from the bus stop the shock wave was really strong 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 and clothes i could smell t.n.t. immediately droves of ambulances arrived police cars go. winners' vehicles and the investigation began 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. well as we heard that eyewitness reports the monster responsible for this clearly indicated 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 take a listen. it was just. 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 agents and since there were the same damage agents discovered in both cases both parents were connected they possibly could have even been made in the same place it was. so as you heard him say the explosive devices were identical if not very similar and appeared to come from the same place which is disturbing the longer it of course volgograd is still reeling from sunday says side blast at the main railway station well saw investigators saying that. well they have released the name of the suicide bomber they were able to put that together
and that is breaking news pavel to chongqing who is from dagestan he has been reported to belong to a militant group there but they have been able to identify that suicide bomber who carried out the that mission a kill. seventeen people including himself that is one major piece of news that has recently been broken and you know 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 have happened within twenty four hours of each other a lot of information still coming out about who these men are and what exactly happened here. 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 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. my son father and niece were inside the train station when the last one of their own in intensive care and 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 this 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 read on globally as both org. cells alone terrorist continue to slip through law enforcement's next we're talking about how to move the. car that is. 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 is not so different from attacks that has happened around the world. against democracies against countries that they want to consider as enemies with a tragedy like this when they hit just days ahead of the new year celebrations it's no surprise authorities thought that more appropriate to cancel the festivities and to clear the first three days of twenty point as a period of mourning in margaret how will he. and let's not go live.
in central moscow today reynoso sound we're hearing from the kremlin right now basically we're hearing that the security measures throughout the country have to go up early on monday russian president as a person has met with the heads of the federal security service and the interior ministry they have do brief him on the situation in the volgograd region as well as on the situation that in this saw there are republics and regions which are closed to all grad where are aware hotspots of terrorist activity has been existing for quite some time now out of that meeting we saw the the head of the federal security service ordered by the russian president to go to volgograd to oversee this is racing on the ground personally course there is also been a lot of concern about the. overall security countrywide there have been various cities as well as republics within the russian federation have been essentially
declaring the security on high alert course that afterwards there was a meeting between the russian president and the head of the net of the states and to to. so officially the level of security has been has been raised throughout the entire country the terrorist alert involved a grad has gone up to the highest level at the ministry of emergencies on the ground is doing everything they can to help those in need and i believe we can all listen to the head of the ministry about the work they're doing. we are putting our forces on high alert in the entire region. president putin ordered every family that suffered from these attacks will be compensated we're also establishing constant communication with volgograd and from there will be transporting to moscow st petersburg and other regions. speaking of coming of compensation has been
established by the russian president and the prime minister that those the families of those who have died in these horrific attacks will receive one million rubles that's about thirty thousand dollars those who have been injured in the terror acts will also receive compensation albeit a slightly lower one overall the mood is quite tense even here in moscow where security measures have also been increased there's an increased police presence on the streets and even though the holidays are coming up very soon you here are traditionally a very big holiday for russians there actually has been a call from some of the officials some of their party members within this state duma parliament to actually declare a nationwide state of mourning however that is for the president to decide. they're going to live from central moscow thank you very much indeed. there's been plenty of reaction to the tragic events of the last two days from senior
international officials the president of the european council herman van rompuy said i condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack involve the ground this morning i send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and my solidarity to the government and people of russia meanwhile nato secretary general anders fogh rasmussen they can be no just if occasion for such attacks nato and russia stand together in the fight against terrorism including by working together on technology to prevent attacks on public transport systems and here's what the president of israel had to say my heart is with the victims of the latest horrific acts and also the previous ones that were as painful for russia terrorism is the cause of so many meaningless suffering and pain all around the world and i'm sure the international community here will keep up the combined struggle against it
let's now go live to purt who is a researcher in russian affairs for the british east of west center mr peres welcome to ask a very nice to talk to right now us we know that you've served in the u.k. army is so what can you tell us about the modern counterterrorism measures. outdated on. one thing we need to know really is the big question is why are we failing. counterterrorism now we've got lots of we keep hearing remember. you're doing really well and even in russia. there are a lot despite the. keep happening in chechnya we hear of suicide. explode because it's happening regularly and of course involved . which is a. very meant as a place because of course it is the scene of stalingrad the place where we saw the
fight between the germans and the russian during the second world war but while we thing well the nature of terrorism seems to be completely low tech. we have seen a focus on high tech terrorism and we've seen n.s.a. and we've seen them on the phone g.h.q. focusing on kind of social media and things of that and of course the russians had successes when when terrorists have used high technology what we're seeing now is the terrorists using low tech but also tapping we target. yet. out of course you know of any challenges for security forces involved abroad as well as in russia what makes it a target i mean to say have all the right and russia has been used because of the thought ship the events in sochi in twenty fourteen there's been a lot of focus away from volgograd to tsotsi so softly of quite
a hard target. basically attack but places like program are incredibly significant because of the nature we all know about the struggle that went on there nine hundred forty three is the new important city to attack but sadly it's weaker than in moscow and simply this you know what they have done in moscow is they really ramped up what we. security so they flop over and other places are easy targets and try to get of course as you say securities and higher less these days and like can we be saddened that there will be no such bombings in the heat. interestingly we've had a trolley a bus we've we've we've had a train station and we had checkpoints in the other so perhaps there are. thinking right let's talk it leaves these different you know transform with car
bombs recently in russia as well so perhaps the next one will that even they might even focus on the ground because that historic significance tsotsi is too much of a hard target second of attack so we might see other places that rate significance for russian history since it is going again that's always a place that needs to be. being targeted in the past and moscow but their hearts are now. so when we've got to look around and really like reading their putin says increased security you don't saw your mosque and beyond saying it is. how are these bombings seen in the west. good question i mean there are those who believe that they have sympathy with the cause they see. independents move secessionist movement so
is it a just war part sadly it's for long thusly and there isn't a lot of cynthia anymore the recent events and willage recent even nine eleven and our own. bombings on our underground following the announcement of the olympic win. but just we have no sympathy for terrorism in the west but and increasingly so but there are always going to be a minority who will see that there's some sort of justification there is so some sort of reasoning for such such actions. but sadly we don't should not really. we need to fight back to them or if you globally. and as you say london has had. a shaft tathata access
course your stand mentioned some of that was the international reaction to them similar. i think the reaction will be quite similar and of course what we will be worrying about really is our own citizens going to saatchi. and in twenty four g. and we'll be thinking well what can we do to help. and hopefully there will be some sort of dialogue between the u.s. the u.k. and other nations that will direct and all of the human beings to say look what are our best practices in various and what knowledge do we have that the big. one is the problem of lone wharves and low tech terrorists what edward snowden revealed was is that these attempts to you know improve. surveillance and suddenly yes we still need high tech knowledge to tackle such terrorism. international very sadly it's still low tech we need human
intelligence we need we need to have public awareness so one of the solutions. we do need to challenge this is that international research in russian affairs for the british east or west center pat mystify thank you very much indeed for sharing your perspective with us thank you thank you could buy security is being stepped up across russia after the southern city of volgograd was hit by two suicide bombings within twenty four hours the late has happened on a trolley bus as it approached a market during the monday morning rush hour after fifteen people are known to have died and up to twenty eight others were injured including a one year old child are said to be critically they're said to be critically ill there and asked me to say that was similar to sunday extraneous trash station bombing which killed at least sixteen people and left forty five others wounded sources close to the investigation have named
a suspect in sunday's attack russia said as an who was allegedly a member of a dagestan based militant group and of course we'll bring you more updates shortly . we need. to go to the. science technology innovation hall the least a mela minutes from around russia we've got the future covered wealthy british style holds the time to rise. up and. markets why not scandals. find out what's really happening to the global economy in these kinds of reports on our t.v. . dramas that can't be ignored to. stories others refuse to notice.
the faces changing the world lights now. filled picture of today's leaves long gone to and from around the globe. up to. fifty. this is arcing to national we continue with our breaking news story this hour security is being stepped up across russia after the southern southern city of volgograd was hit by two suicide bombings than twenty four hours the latest happened on a trolley bus as it approached a market during the monday morning rush hour after fifteen people are known to have died and up to twenty eight others were injured including a one year old child and three are said to be critically ill investigators say their target was similar to sunday's train station bombing which killed at least
sixteen people and left forty five others wounded lives not of peace have powell managing director of crisis management found by consultants at mr peter powell welcome to r.c. very nice to talk to you now to our tax where then less than twenty four hours what kind of affects does this have on the public here think. he may answer that quite quickly by saying it has the desired effect but let's go back to last year in december and october last year those suicide bombers detonated devices and then i think the allegations were then that it was a possibly a female suicide bomber remember that got a lot of attention but you have to remember way back since nine hundred seventy two and the olympics in germany any sporting event of a major size is bound to attract terrorist activity but i have in mind the london olympics in twenty twelve. did attract some act like you to one particular type
wasn't so much a bombing attack but a cyber attack where people actually use computers to try and bring things down and on day two of the olympics in london the b.b.c. actually suffered from a catastrophic or near catastrophic cyber attack so the point is this we may be looking at bombings happening on what would have. to be the transport infrastructure but we shouldn't close our eyes or minds to other forms of terrorist attacks not least a cyber attack are i thank you for bringing that to the point but talking about terrorist attacks we know that all of them aim to. basically to scare people but what in your opinion has to be done to try and ensure there's minimal panic. well it is very difficult isn't it goes terrorism as we know it in terms of bombings and terror as you've seen in the last forty eight hours of volgograd has
its origins way back in the eighteenth century or in the french revolution it was designed to put the capital and people in terror but remember this terrorism doesn't someone to rely on the bang and it relies on the fear of the bank and so the terrorists whoever they are concentrate on obvious targets and i is quite clear that even though both are gratis some four hundred miles away from the site of the winter olympics it is the transport hub for that part of russia so transport communication the economy all these issues are the g.o.p. is targets of it and will have an immediate impact on the russian public and not just the russians but those traveling to the games next year i mentioned a few moments ago between pro gangs in london it was my company carried out a counterterrorism exercise two years before those games took place and we simulated what would happen if a terrorist attack occurred during the construction of the limpid venue let alone
during the games themselves and very very important lessons were learned that we had to live in the united kingdom a relatively free society so information was shared but people do worry sometimes that in russia certainly access to unbiased media reporting is often challenged as it was in catastrophic terrorist attacks such as in two thousand and four in the business school trying to day were over three hundred eighty people were murdered so turkey and russia are not necessarily strange words to use in one sentence as we now move forward into the games in russia next year one could almost predict further attacks but i still make the point they don't necessarily have to be by bombings there are many other ways the terrorist can succeed. so finally to make it clear do you think. all right unfortunately we have to leave.
power managing director of crisis management. consultant mr palmer thank you very much indeed for your time and we appreciate it. it's a just a bad bad timing on that tonks has links to the upcoming winter olympic games in sochi but cities are in the same region but as you can see here on the map the distance between them is more than six hundred fifty kilometers that's now cross live to sochi and our correspondent i must say is that tubby how has the news from belgrade been received in the twenty four to the olympic capital. well the news have a shock to everyone indeed and condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in volgograd in terms of the mood around the olympic city this is a real sense of calmness says there's been a brief thought here in the security around all the major areas of the olympics now
we know that russian olympic committee has made security quite a priority for them since the beginning of being awarded to these games i want to add the station chief actually fired do you know take a look for myself what these new security technology that they've implemented there looks like now atlas station will see around fifteen thousand people per hour going through their doors and i can tell you one is going through the doors being scanned and checked it didn't feel like i was being imposed to do this in fact everybody said that they were happy that the officials who were going through that made them feel comfortable and they knew what they were doing to keep us all safe we spoke to a former member of the alpha and anti terror security forces unit who also is fun confident the security for the olympics is on point. and. 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 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. there limpy committee has said that they are very confident that russia will provide a save heaven for everyone who will be visiting the olympic city come february the seventh. i live in salt thank you very much indeed so security is being stepped up across russia after the southern city of volgograd was hit by two suicide bombings within twenty four hours the latest happened on a trolley bus as it approached a market during the monday morning rush hour and up to fifteen people and i learned
to have died and up to twenty eight others injured including a one year old child three of them are said to be critically ill investigators say that time was carried out by a male suicide bomber and probably connected to sunday's train station bombing which killed at least sixteen people and left forty five others wounded sources close to the investigation are saying there is a suspect in sunday's a time a russian citizen who was allegedly a member of the darkest on based militant group and another now we'll have more updates on the two suicide bombings that have rocked one of the southern russia in the past two days up next on a biker speaks to the director general of the can i say sion for the prohibit of chemical weapons in while it's a part. the