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VOLGOGRAD, December 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Death toll from the suicide bombers attacks, which took place in the southern Russian city of Volgograd Sunday and Monday, continues growing, as a forty-year-old man wounded Sunday in the explosion at the city’s railway station has died in hospital N25, a spokesperson for the Volgograd regional government said.
In the meantime, the press service of the regional branch of the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (EMERCOM) said forensic experts had confirmed the death of one more young man during Monday bombing of trolleybus N15.
Two terrorist attacks were carried out in Volgograd: on Sunday, December 29, the terrorists’ target became the city’s railway station; on Monday, December 30, a trolleybus was blown up. Updated information says the two terrorist acts took away the lives of 33 people and left about 100 more people wounded. Of that number, 60 survivors continue getting treatment at hospitals in Volgograd and Moscow where some of them were taken by EMERCOM jets.
Earlier, spokesperson for Russia’s Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin reported that a suicide bomber set off the explosive device in Volgograd’s trolleybus.
He added that the power of the explosion in the trolleybus was equivalent to at least 4 kg TNT. The Investigative Committee representative noted that the interrelation between the two terrorist attacks is confirmed.
“As the bomb in the railway station, the explosive device, which was used to blast the trolleybus, was full of destructive elements. As both explosive devices’ striking elements are identical this proves that there is interrelation between the two terrorist acts,” the spokesperson said, adding “probably, they were prepared in one place”.
Russia’s Labor Ministry confirmed that all affected by the attacks, as well as the victims’ families, would receive the corresponding compensations as soon as possible.
"In addition, the order provides for a lump sum for burial to the families of deceased resident, as well as assistance in connection with the loss of property," Natalia Timakova added.
A fundraiser has also been launched in the Volgograd Region for the families of victims and injured in the terrorist attacks on December 29 and 30, local authorities reported.