Posted on | December 29, 2013 | 17 Comments
More than a dozen people were killed Sunday when a blast ripped through a railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd in what authorities say was an attack carried out by a suicide female bomber.
If confirmed, the presumed attack will prove to have been the second in the city in the space of just a little over two months and will provoke deep anxiety as Russia readies to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi early next year.
Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said 15 people were killed and more than 30 people injured in the blast at 12:45 p.m. (0845 GMT) near the metal detectors at the front entrance to Volgograd-1 train station.
The remains of a suspected suicide bomber were discovered at the scene of the blast and will undergo DNA testing, Markin said.
“A suicide bomber approaching a metal detector saw a policeman near it and, after growing nervous, set off an explosive device,” the Investigative Committee said in a statement.
Almost half of the victims are in a critical condition and doctors are fighting to save their lives, Volgograd region governor Sergei Bozhenov said.
Among the injured is a nine-year-old girl whose mother shielded her with her own body at the time of the blast, city mayor Irina Guseva told reporters. The woman died at the scene and the girl is in a critical state.
This bombing is almost certainly the work of Islamic extremists associated with the Chechen separatist movement.