Russia: Volgograd Attack “Nothing to do with Islam”

Not even the head of the suicide bomber can be connected to Islam. Its complicated…..

Russia: Head discovered of jihad/martyrdom suicide bomber who murdered 18 at Volgograd train station

Last summer, jihad leader Doku Umarov exhorted Muslims to use “maximum force” against the winter Olympics in Sochi, which he called “Satanic.” This attack could have been meant to follow out his orders. Full article from the Guardian below the fold.

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“Russia station blast: At least 18 dead, head of bomber discovered,” by Himanshu Kapoor for Zee News, December 29: (JW)

Moscow: In a suicide attack, a female bomber blew herself up at the entrance of a train station in the Russian city of Volgograd on Sunday killing at least 18 people. It is a second deadly attack in country as it prepares itself to host the upcoming Winter Olympics.

According to reports, the woman detonated the explosives in front of a metal gate just inside the main entrance of the Volgograd station. The blasts was caught on the CCTV cameras, which showed a huge fireball in the hall and smoke billowing from the shattered windows.

Those injured in the attack were seen lying on the ground, screaming for medical help, the reports stated. A local news agency said that President Vladimir Putin has asked the law enforcement agencies to take all necessary measures to ensure security.

Around 42 people were wounded in the attack and some would be flown to Moscow for treatment, Russian Heath Ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai said.

The blast took place at 12.45 pm (8:45 a.m. GMT) in the Volgograd-1 train station. The incident is being treated as an act of terrorism, the committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

A criminal case was launched under two articles – 205 (act of terrorism) and 222 (illegal turnover of arms and ammunition), official spokesman for the Investigative Committee of Russia Vladimir Markin has said.

Markin said that the power of the explosion was equivalent to at least 10 kg of TNT. According to reports, the head of the female bomber who committed the act of terror has been discovered.

Russian Islamist Doku Umarov calls for attacks on 2014 Winter Olympics

Supporters must use maximum force to ensure Sochi Games do not take place, rebel leader says in video  ( in Moscow/the Guardian)

The leader of Russia‘s Islamist movement has lifted a moratorium on attacks inside Russia and called on his rebels to disrupt the upcomingWinter Olympics in the southern city of Sochi.

In a video dated June 2013, Doku Umarov said his followers must use “maximum force” to ensure the Games do not take place.

After claiming responsibility for deadly attacks on the Moscow metro and Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, Umarov last year declared a ceasefire inside Russia as protests against the Kremlin leadership gripped the capital. In the video he said Vladimir Putin, the president, had mistaken the move for weakness.

“Today we must show those who live in the Kremlin … that our kindness is not weakness,” Umarov said, speaking in a forest and dressed in green camouflage. “They plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea. We as mujahideen are required not to allow that, using any methods that Allah allows us.”

Security concerns over the Olympics, to be held in February 2014, arerunning very high, with Sochi just 250 miles from the republics of Chechnya and Dagestan, where most of Russia’s rebels are based.

During a visit by Putin and David Cameron to Sochi in May, the two leaders said Russia and Britain’s security services would co-operate on security before the Games.

Russia has also reached out to the US and Georgia, two countries with which it has poor relations, to co-operate on security, moves that reflect both Russian and global concern over potential violence at the event.

Umarov called on his followers to use “maximum force … to disrupt these satanic games to be held on the bones of our ancestors”.

Umarov, the leader of an umbrella organisation comprising branches of regional rebel groups throughout Russia, relies on video messages to get his messages out, both to leaders in the Kremlin and to his followers around the country. He is believed to be hiding in the mountains between Chechnya and Dagestan.

He has claimed responsibility for a number of spectacular attacks on Russian soil, including suicide bombings on the Moscow metro in 2010, which killed 40 people, and at Domodedovo airport in 2011, which killed 37.

Russian state-run media, usually quick to denounce Umarov, did not report his threat. RIA-Novosti, a state-owned news agency, carried a statement by Russia’s anti-terrorist committee saying it was taking measures to “protect Russian citizens” and was “paying special attention to questions of preparation for hold major sporting events of a global scale”.

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