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Russia's police placed on high alert in view of Volgograd terrorist acts

December 30, 2013, 15:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Security has been also enhanced on air, railway, and sea transport
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MOSCOW, December 30. /ITAR-TASS/. In view of the terrorist acts in Volgograd on December 29 and 30, as a result of which 32 people were killed and 104 wounded, police all over Russia — from Volgograd to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk have gone on high alert.

In Volgograd Region, the entire personnel of the regional department of the Interior Ministry has been alerted with a special emphasis on places that are usually thronged by people, Svetlana Smolyaninova, head of the press service of the department, told Itar-Tass. "The main task is to avert panic among the population. There have been very many calls about suspicious objects left behind. We verified all calls. Luckily, no reported objects posed a hazard," Smolyaninova said.

She said visitors Volgograd shopping centers are examined by means of manual metal detectors, and additional details of police operate in shops. Road traffic police stations have been beefed up at the entrances to the city and region, as well as exits. Police thoroughly inspect all transport vehicles, including public transport.

The same is done in Astrakhan, Dagestan, Voronezh region, which borders on Volgograd one, in Novgorod and Pskov regions, and elsewhere.

Security has been also enhanced on air, railway, and sea transport.

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