More “black widows” are suspected of planning terrorist attacks with suicide bombs during the final stages of the Olympic torch relay. Persons-wanted posters have been circulated by police who assert that the three "black widows" - Muslim women - have been sent out by underground groups to commit their suicide bomb attacks sometime between Tuesday and Thursday in Rostov-on-Don. Rostov-on-Don is the location at which the torch is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday as it makes its way to Sochi – the Olympic city, according to an NBC News report on Tuesday.
The posters state that the three suspected terrorists may be robed in clothes that are not traditional Islamic apparel – long dresses and hijabs (long and loose-fitting coats worn by Muslim women – in an effort to blend in with the crowds of people.
It has been reported that the three women currently being sought via the posters are Oksana Aslanova, 26, who is from Turkmenistan, Murad Musaev, 25, from Dagestan, and Zaira Alieva, 26, from Dagestan.
Additionally, persons-wanted posters, according to NBC News, are stating that Ruslan Saufuttdinov, 21, and Murad Musaev, 25, are planning attacks in the southern portion of Russia.
Rusana Ibragimova, 22 – referred to as Salima – is also being sought as a suspected terrorist. She is the widow of an Islamic militant who was killed by Russian security forces in 2013.
The Rostov-on-Don stop for the Olympic torch is to be the 120th stop. There are 16 more stops before the torch reaches the opening ceremony of the Winter Games in Sochi on Feb. 7, 2014. Rostov-on-Don is approximately 350 miles north of Sochi.
Of concern is that a video went public on Sunday in which two men are claiming responsibility for two bombings last month in Volgograd, Russia. In the video, the men stated that they have a surprise in store for Putin and Olympic tourists.
The United States has offered to assist in security at the Olympic games in Sochi, but it has been reported that there is no way Putin will accept the offer.