Presumably from nearby Chechnya, a woman terrorist armed with explosives blew herself up at the security check station at the entrance to Volgograd train station. Volgograd will be hosting the Winter Olympics that is scheduled for February 7, 2014. According to a report from The Irish Times, “Insurgent leader Doku Umarov, a Chechen warlord, urged militants in a video posted online in July to use “maximum force” to prevent Mr. Putin staging the Olympics.”
If there is one issue that can forge alignment between Russia and the US, it is the shared commitment to combat Islamic terrorism. There are many things at the heart of Islam that contradict the Declaration of Human Rights. There are times when the Russian government may also be in contradiction with that declaration.
Yet, Muslims throughout the world harbor in their communities a large and threatening segment of violent people who use religion as a mobilizing force and as justification for their violence against humanity. That is entirely unacceptable no matter where it is.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his brother and his convoluted family brought terrorism to Boston, all the way from Chechnya. That is a dangerous place and the Russian government deserves support in combating the menace there.
“Explosion at Russian train station kills fourteen people
Female suicide bomber carries out deadly attack in city of Volgograd
A still image taken from video shows firefighters, Emergency Ministry members and medics working outside the train station near the site of the explosion in Volgograd today.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013, 13:47
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the entrance hall of a Russian train station today, killing at least 14 people and wounding scores more in the second deadly attack in the space of three days as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympics.
The state Investigative Committee said the bomber detonated her explosives in front of a metal detector just inside the main entrance of Volgograd station. Footage shown on TV showed a massive orange fireball filling the hall and smoke billowing out through shattered windows.
Volgograd is a city of around 1 million people, about 690 km northeast of Sochi, where the Winter Olympics - a major prestige project for President Vladimir Putin - will open on February 7th.
It lies close to Russia’s North Caucasus, a strip of mostly Muslim provinces plagued by near-daily violence in a long-running Islamist insurgency.