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Russian southern city of Volgograd becomes target of terrorist attack one more time

December 30, 2013, 12:00 UTC+3

On Sunday, December 29, the bomb explosion was set off at the railway station in central Volgograd

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MOSCOW, December 30. /ITAR-TASS World Service/. The Russian southern city of Volgograd became target of a terrorist attack one more time in the last two months, Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported. In October a female suicide bomber has exploded a bomb in a passenger bus. On Sunday, December 29, the bomb explosion was set off at the railway station in central Volgograd.

According to preliminary reports, the suicide bomb attack killed 16 people and wounded 37 people.

The ashes of the suspected female suicide bomber were found at the blast site in the city of Volgograd. A genetic expertise was announced to identify her. According to the unofficial theory, Dagestani native Oksana Arslanova had committed the terrorist act. She was married with several gunmen, one of whom Russian commandoes had killed in a special operation.

According to another theory a Slavic man was a suicide bomber, who had brought the explosives to the railway station in a bag.

The detectives also do not rule out that a well-organized terrorist group is rampaging in the city of Volgograd, because someone should have met, should have given the instructions and should have provided the female terrorist, who arrived from another region, with explosives.

Governor Sergei Bozhenov stated that the families of all terror victims would be paid one million rubles (about $30.6 thousand) each from the reserve fund regardless where the casualties lived. Wounded people will be paid 200,000 rubles (about $61.2 thousand) each, probably depending from the graveness of wounds this allowance will be increased.

According to some available reports, the terrorists had picked up the railway station as their target, because the Volgograd airport had been closed over the fog and ice rain on Sunday, Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported.

“The problem of terrorism should be settled at the federal level. The laws should be urgently enacted that will help to suppress extremism and Wahhabism that results in terrorism,” Moskovsky Komsomolets daily quoted expert for radical Islam in Russia, scientific fellow of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies Galina Khizriyeva as saying.

Political expert Sergey Pankratov believes that “the terrorist act at the railway station in Volgograd is an act of vengeance for the killing of the masterminds of the previous bomb attack,” Komsomolskaya Pravda daily quoted him as saying.


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