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breaking news announcing to national as suicide blast in the russian city of volgograd kills fourteen passengers on a bus less than a day after a deadly bombing ripped through this it is train station. russia's president vladimir putin orders time to security across the whole country in the wake of the bombings. and some are suggesting their tongues are related to the upcoming winter games in sultry but the international olympic committee says it has no concerns about safety the international investigation the security situation in the host city.
this is on c international coming to life from moscow and welcome to the program and always start with the breaking news this hour for the second time in just two days the russian city of volgograd has been targeted by terrorists today forcing people have been killed after a suicide bomber blew up on a bus less than twenty four hours earlier a similar sort on the city as a railway station claimed at least seventeen lives margaret howell is following developments involving ground. i am here in the marketplace where that troll a bus exploded this morning at eight thirty in the morning causing a massive death 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 sergey told me that the conductor had died he also said that the cabin wasn't completely fooled but i saw around six corpses myself. 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 clothes i could smell t.n.t. immediately draws of and bullets has arrived at the police cars and governor's vehicles and the investigation or 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 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 agents 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 have
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 volgograd busy train station this rocked by the blast of a terrorist bomb on sunday afternoon shards of 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 more but it's impossible to calculate the toll something like this has on its victims many are still reeling. from it 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 was carrying me only outside was i able to get
a breath of air and saw that the understood. what was happening. now my son father and niece were inside the train station when the last one of their old in intensive care now their 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 injured over thirty others it's still brought in the memories of people here governments around the world are beginning to realize that fighting international terror threats can only be done to locally as both organize cells and won't terrorist continue to slip through law enforcement snouts we're talking about asia how does that which is linked to al qaida that is operated 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 while god a c.b. it's against democracy is against countries that they want to consider as enemies with a tragedy like this when they 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 one teen as a period of mourning in volgograd margaret how well are seeing more. and longer at howell is following events on the scene there and you can also get regular updates on her twitter she says locals in the safe here are struggling to come to terms with the tragedies that while keeping an eye on the investigation for tomography and on twitter for the night just. to be in the.
meanwhile russia's president has met with top government officials and ordered security be put on high alert following the bombings are going to cry as the latest . the 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 a 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 st 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 there's a 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. both of their countries also the ministry of foreign affairs has come out with a statement saying that terror acts in russia as in syria libya and the united states all are following the same guidelines and are essentially perpetrated by the same organizational methods and thinking this figure from the ministry of foreign affairs is also condemned to dividing terrorists into the wrong kind and their right depending on the geopolitical goals that the person or the entities who are making that judgment are trying to reach a sensually and that is according to the minister of foreign affairs any sort of terrorism is a crime russia's foreign ministry sounds down tanks in volgograd similar in nature
to others in different parts of the wild and middle east expert. believes while total groups don't necessarily have direct links to al qaida they're certainly inspired by it. the problem is that we have what i call franchise terrorism which you have the al qaeda which created this image their leader has been eliminated many of the his lieutenants haven't eliminated what is happening to the internet you have fran bringing up the words groups which share the same message can receive instructions if necessary and how to make bombs how to. do this and that acts of terrorism or sabotage but they're not part of the this is the court strong international organization so that if you do destroy central headquarters so to speak and you could say in the case of that that happened with the.
assassination or execution if you will of some of bin laden and the killing of many of his lieutenants in afghanistan. little less groups can they spring up which share the ideology which operate on the internet but are not in any direct organizational link and that reaction to the tragic events involved the ground has been coming in from across the globe international leaders have been offering their sympathies their german chancellor angela merkel said acts of terror cause a feeling of indignation and disgust meanwhile the u.s. state department stress it's on a darity with the russian people against terrorism any kind the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims while the president of israel shimon paris said his heart is with the victims of the latest acts and james corbet i just told the independent news websites to call this report says there's a certain irony about this being expressed. the current secretary general of nato
anders fogh rasmussen has just taken to twitter to give his condolences to the people of russia on this tragedy. being a particularly sad irony because of course many of the chechen rebels have been harbored through e.u. political asylum in european nations and in nato countries themselves including france and poland and britain where of course one of the former chechen rebel leaders akhmed zakayev has been residing for a number of years now of course the islamic radicals are the ones that tend to carry out these attacks but the ones that are directing funding fostering and training them tend to be elsewhere located elsewhere and of course we have for example the testimony of former f.b.i. whistle blower sabella edmonds talking about operation gladio b r earlier this year she was talking about how this this operation was a nato fund is an ongoing nato funded operation in cooperation with the pentagon to stir up islamic radical terrorism specifically in the north caucasus region and the
surrounding area as a type of threat directed at russia and of course that china is well sitting right there on russia's doorstep so i think we have to see this in that context and as a potential larger geopolitical threat to russia. of course not closely following the developments and you can always i had to dot com for a minute by minute timeline of the events involved of iraq. and all continuous coverage of these terrorists. this is the media leave us so we leave that maybe. privacy push to secure the place
this is our senior national life from moscow and we're staying with the suicide attacks in volgograd is being speculated that the timing is linked to the upcoming winter olympic games in salt trade there started less than six weeks bothwell grad and sochi are in the same region but if you take a look at this map the distance between them is more than six hundred fifty kilometers a spokesman from the international olympic committee expressed confidence that the russian authorities will be able to keep the game save artes to bang all say reports now from such. the news no doubt have been received with shock and condolences are going out to those who have lost loved ones in the volgograd to the international olympic committee has said that they trust that russia will
provide a safe haven come the winter olympics in twenty fourteen in terms of all russia's olympic committee they've always had a plan for security even going as far as spending money when it comes to security technology i want to add the 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 i lympics and also the people been working on the construction there who've all come to sochi during that time building this will be also to leave the city come at the end of
december and then in terms of the transport hubs vehicles with the limited on the roads starting a from at the end of december only people with special crosses will be allowed to go on the roads now of course are those numbers that i'm 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've heard from the special police services that will be here for the olympic time. the host of all he's going underground towns they told us why have things the outbreak of terror in volgograd is not connected with the winter olympics on the black sea coast it's hundreds of miles away so i can't say that there's a particular relevance of the search here lympics of course journalists will be very keen to draw. draw comparisons and relations between these two things it's notable that with some western leaders on coming to the winter olympics the
western leaders don't tend to go into winter olympics it has to be said so the connection with sochi maybe over eggs what's crucial here is that international law enforcement authorities get to the bottom of this what we need is much closer collaboration. authorities rather than the n.s.a. spying on every country resident not knowing it people actually finding out about what's going on. and online right now we're providing in-depth coverage of events involving rides to auntie dot com for live updates images and analysis of that tax plus the emotion section of our website has a graphic these are showing the aftermath of the blast at the mouth media agency ironically. and journalist and broadcaster neil clark things western governments should work closely with russia to tackle the global threat western approach to terrorism has been very consistent because we're told on the one hand 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 now 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 the 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 between we're saudi arabia and israel who both want that region and 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 there is closer cooperation we saw that with the boston bombings in we when we had the russian warnings about the south sarina brothers were ignored by the americans because their game there was it's turned it's oh it's russian warnings taken with pictures sold 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's the product that met that's the major shift that's got to happen. meanwhile in syria the western banks and 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 in the latest edition of worlds apart oksana boyko speaks exclusively to the director general of the organization where they prohibit of chemical weapons how much has been achieved in twenty thirty. and you call two thousand and thirteen a true historical hero here that saw the office of w. embark on probably the biggest challenge in its history but i wonder how much progress has been achieved so far the progress has been cost says it will. several categories of chemical weapons have already been destroyed and chemical weapons production facilities have been rendered to unusable you know very short time all
chemical weapons were identified to prepare it for transport to syria now despite these successes that you just mentioned the dad line for the removal of category one agent that deadline is going to be missed i wonder whose responsibility do you think that it is the russian federation as well as others of the other co-sponsor of the process of the united states and the united nations have been very active in the past weeks in delivering the necessary equipment for transportation and most of the equipment made available and we expect to see you know authorities take action soon so i wouldn't blame anyone for distillate so there were some objective reasons for the. those delays couple of weeks ago western powers flatly refused to provide the syrian government with the military equipment to protect that convoy from their attacks by the rebel forces i wonder if there has been any progress on that front
transportation the road transport to me to syria is the responsibility of the syrian government the syrian authorities they will have to take the necessary security measures and they will be responsible of the safety and security of transport titian face of course the seat ortiz have requested some assistance and at the russian federation and others reaching states parties have provided you know a lot of logistics support and provide this some equipment and to buy extra support to. so i hope that this support will be you could but see the torches will have to make also an effort in this respect and now 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 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 of efficient that three have been applying over the years so it's sixteen years and our experts have determined the very. on sites where the chemical weapons will be a lot at on trucks as for those some verification you know mechanism in place you know that. before loading on ships it would be adequate and that's what we are going to do. and of course we're closely watching the latest developments in the wake of the bombings in volgograd on air and online as well as a side blast has killed at least fourteen people that on a bus injuring a force here including three children. this was
a can't remember anything i was deaf and by the blast we had almost reached the bus stop when the explosion went off it was like an electric shock all over my body i can't remember i didn't see anyone i was sitting and looking out of the window when it happened i think i was the last to be carried out of the trolley bus. the blast went off as the boss was approaching a market during the morning rush hour investigators say that time was carried on by a male so cibola it came less than twenty four hours after a similar bombing targeted this issue's a railway station claiming at least seventy lives. and in the half an hour's time we'll have more updates on day to suicide bombings that have rocks will go out in southern russia in the past two days up next as promised acts on the bike are speaks to the direct to driving all the organization while they prohibit chemical weapons and wallets apart.
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isn't just thank you very much for taking part in the program. thank you very much sir pleasure now you call two thousand and thirteen a truly historical here i hear that saudi open c.w. embark on probably the biggest challenge in its history trying to eliminate syria's chemical weapons in the midst of an active war but i wonder how much progress has been achieved so far. the progress has been cost says it will. several categories of chemical weapons have already been destroyed and chemical weapons production facilities have been rendered to unusable you know very short time all chemical weapons were identified prepared for transportation to outside syria so now we are entering into a new face but so far the progress has been very significant and now despite these successes that you just mentioned the dad lines with the removal of category one
agency most has are dismissed materials which were supposed supposed to be removed from syria by the end of this year that deadline is going to be missed i wonder whose responsibility do you think that is. actually for me the dead lying in of destruction elimination of first syrian chemical weapons is at the end of june two thousand and fourteen and there have been each immediately that lies or timelines which have been very ambitious and one of them used as you said was a transportation of category one prior to our chemical weapons outside of syria by the end of the year which will not happen there were several reasons for that technical mostly you would know what the condition is. disrupt the transportation of necessary largest six equipment and measure you russian federation as well as others at the other cost for sort of the process of the united states and the united.