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dropped to the. breaking news a nasty international as suicide blast in the russian city of volgograd kills at least fourteen passengers on a bus less than a day after a deadly bombing ripped through the city's train station. russia's president vladimir putin orders tightest security across the whole country in the wake of the bombings. and while some are suggesting that socks are related to the upcoming winter games and sultry but the international olympic committee she says it has no concerns about safety posse investigates the security situation and the host city.
this is asking to national coming to you live from moscow and we start with breaking news this hour for the second time and just to day's the russian city of volgograd has been targeted by terrorists today fourteen people have been killed after a suicide bomber blew up on a bus less than twenty four hours earlier a similar sold on the city as a railway station climbed at least claimed at least seventeen lives archies margaret howell is following developments in volgograd for us. i am here in the marketplace where that troll a bus exploded this morning at eight thirty in the morning causing a massive deaths bodies everywhere a lot of information that is still coming out about the stroller 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 i hurt screens 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 surrogate 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 droves of ambulances arrived police cars the governor's vehicles and the investigation began 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. and the monster
responsible for this clearly ended can 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 the damage agent 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 the busy train station was rocked by the blast of a terrorist bomb on sunday afternoon shards of metal 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. 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 raw in the memories the people here governments around the world are beginning to realize that finding international terror threats can only return globally as both organizing cells and lone terrorist continue to slip through law enforcement snouts we're talking about a few harvestable 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 i got a c.b. it's against democracy is against countries that they want to consider as enemies with a tragedy like this one that 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 four team as a period of mourning in volgograd margaret how will our tea. parties margaret howell is following events on the scene for us and you can also get regular updates on her tweets she says locals and the struggling to come to terms with the tragedies that while keeping an eye on the investigation to follow in margaret on and on twitter for the nascence. to be in the.
russia's president has ordered a tightening of security across the entire country following the bombings let's not cross live to. freeze in central moscow what has been the reaction so far from the kremlin well that's right the tightening the 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 as an uprising 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 need of medical 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 all the every family that suffered from your tax will be compensated we're also establishing constant communication with volgograd and from that you'll be transporting to moscow st petersburg and. when it comes to compensation as was mentioned 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 russian 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 well as in syria libya have ghana's down and the united states all are following the same guidelines and are essentially perpetrated by the same organizational methods and thinking of course that as it stands the situation in the country as well as in the capital moscow remains quite tense. the level of security obviously has been put to the top across the nation and it's definitely not looking like a very happy holiday for a lot of people nationwide in fact there have been calls to the russian president from various parties within the parliament in order to. there have been
calls for a nationwide period of mourning to be declared and that period is over it has already started in the volgograd region on monday. right now going to live from central thank you very much indeed for that update. let's now talk more about this with schleifer a veteran journalist and currently middle east expert at the american university in cairo mr schryver welcome to are very nice to see you talking about yesterday's sunday's blast at the railway station some reports suggest the main suspect in the first bombing was a member of a militant group based in russia's north caucuses and those groups have links to al qaeda do you think this is the past investigators should follow. well the problem is that say thirty forty years ago or even twenty years ago if you could
find central headquarters so to speak of a terrorists network whether it was the tamal tigers operating. in the southeast asia or ever you have pretty good chance of being able to dismantle everything now the problem is that we have what i call franchised terrorism was you have al qaeda which created this image their leader has been eliminated many of the his lieutenants have been eliminated but what has happened is that it's the internet you have fran joins us bringing upwards groups which share the same message can receive instructions if necessary on how to make bombs how to. do this not acts of terrorism or sabotage but the end not caught they know it's a sara lee part of a structured international organization so that if you do destroy central headquarters so to speak and you could say in the case of the 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 there are less groups can a spring up which share the idiology which are operated on the internet but are not in any direct organizational link if there is it's very slight other words there they are not affected if the central headquarters is badly damaged you are so this makes it a much more grave problem because what we're talking about is a global idiology. what we call salafist jockeys and these are extreme islamists and i think tim's and by the way we tend only to hear about their activities as it affects europe or america but indeed they have actually killed more muslims and they've killed non muslims. in iraq for instance they have killed thousands of iraqi shia muslims a bombing them a prayer a bombing
a funeral pause who were gathering for. the burial of the dead cemetery and so it's a global phenomena and. and therefore it poses a question which is. it's not it is a security problem but at the same time i think that. the establishment of islam who have been attacked i mean even in russia you had in zentral asia with russia they've been killings of religious leaders muslim religious leaders who are opposed to the us and so i think it has to be a cool new deficit of local security organizations international security is asians and working closely with muslim established that are opposed to this terrorism. unfortunately will have to leave with. a veteran journalist and middle east expert
at the american university in cairo many thanks indeed for your time set thank you . reaction to the tragic events and vulgar grant has been coming in from across the globe international leaders have been offering their sympathies that german chancellor angela merkel said was acts of terror because that feeling of indignation and disgust the u.s. state department stressed its solidarity with the russian people against terrorism of any kind the u.s. secretary general ban ki moon expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims that while the president of israel shimon peres says his heart is with the victims of the latest her if it acts and james corbet at the independent news website is the colbert report says there's a certain irony about this sorrow 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 oxman zacky of 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 civil admins 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
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and being speculated that big timing is linked to the upcoming winter olympic games in sultry that start in less than six weeks both volgograd and seoul sure are in the same region but if you take a look at the map the distance between them is more than six hundred and fifty kilometers a spokesperson from the international olympic committee expressed confidence that the russian authorities will be able to keep the games save bang let's 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 a ball go to the international olympic committee has said that they trust that russia will provide a safe haven come the winter olympics in twenty forty in terms of all russia's olympic committee they have always had a plan for security even going as far as spending money when it comes to security technology i want to add 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 alike 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 i lympics 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 will be hosting the events of the twenty fourteen olympics 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 the end of december and then in terms of the transport hubs vehicles would be limited on the roads starting or from at the end of december only people with special processes will be allowed to go on the roads now of course of 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 to the amount of those numbers that we've heard from the special police services that will be here for the olympic time. underlying fear right now we are providing in-depth coverage of events and grant mobile. phone line images and analysis of that. and the emotional section of our web site as a graphic video showing the aftermath of the blasts of how these are asians who are . a journalist some broadcast a new 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 of humanity etc and yet on the other hand we have the west lining up with
radical islamic terrorists in syria. backing on the same side as al-qaeda trying to topple a secular government now to 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 west has got to realise 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 where 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 this tendency so it's russian warnings taken with a pinch of salt 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 that's the major shift that's got to happen. in syria the western banks militants have severely disrupted the work of the country to 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 axon a boycott speaks exclusively to the director general. or they prohibit of chemical weapons and asks how much has been achieved in twenty thirty. and you called t. thousand and thirteen a truly historical hero here that saw the all p.c. 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 transportation 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 is the russian federation as well as others of the other cost for sort of the process of the united states and the united nations have been very active in the past weeks. the necessary equipment for transportation and now most of the equipment made available and we expect to see you know authorities take action soon so i wouldn't blame anyone for that 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 syria is the responsibility of the syrian government the syrian authorities they will have to
take to mr security measures and they will be responsible of the safety and security of transport titian face of course this you know authorities have requested some assistance and the russian federation and others reaching states parties have provided you know a lot of logistics support and provide the some equipment and financial support to . so i hope that this support will be you could see the authorities 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 you there of flying 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 we have been applying over the years old sixteen years and our experts have determined at the very. on sites where the chemical weapons will be a lot at on trucks as for there's 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. we're closely watching the latest developments in the wake of the bombings in volgograd owner and a line as well as suicide blast has killed at least fourteen people on a bus injuring over forty including three children. this was a i can't remember anything i was deafened 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 not lucky during the morning rush hour investigators say that's how it was carried on by a male so side boma it came less than twenty four hours after a sit in a bombing targeted this was a railway station claiming at least seventeen lives. and of course we'll bring you the latest from belgrade in hall for now as time remember we're also continuing to of days here at home and on our twitter feed up next. with the sports high.
you know what i am janey yes gunner with the assault section of the second platoon third special forces unit. and we were always on the alert for an armed conflict because if we get intelligence about militants in the neighborhood it's usually reliable but it was the squadron has played a part in conflicts before but this was the first attack of its kind on terrain like this. when we were expecting them we were ready for them at any moment but it was a very difficult area and they were able to open fire first. was not. his movement to the. armored one for a special forces soldier thinking is paramount because that's how he makes the.