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US condemns back-to-back Volgograd terrorist attacks


                Courtesy photoKirill Braga


by Joseph Earnest  December 30, 2013


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States on Monday condemned the back-to-back terrorist attacks in Volgograd that killed dozens and offered to assist Moscow with security preparations for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

"The United States stands in solidarity with the Russian people against terrorism," White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. "The US government has offered our full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games." 

A bomb explosion tore through a trolleybus in Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 14 people and injuring 28 in the southern Russian city’s second terrorist attack in less than 24 hours.

The initial statement was released by the State Department here. (pop-up)

Authorities believe both Monday's attack and an explosion at the Volgograd-1 railway station Sunday that killed 17 and injured more than 40 were carried out by suicide bombers.

"The United States condemns the terrorist attacks that struck the Russian city of Volgograd and sends deepest condolences to the families of the victims with hopes for the rapid healing of those wounded," Hayden said in the statement.

Monday's blast was the third such attack in Volgograd in just over two months and came just weeks before the Sochi Games are set to kick off on February 7. Previously known as Stalingrad, Volgograd is located about 430 miles (700 kilometers) from Sochi

Russian authorities have made efforts to boost security at the Black Sea resort that is due to host the Winter Games, and Hayden said Monday that Washington would "welcome the opportunity for closer cooperation for the safety of the athletes, spectators and other participants" in Sochi.           Add Comments>>


Source: Ria Novosti
















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