Russian authorities say they’ve identified the two suicide bombers who killed 34 people last month in the city of Volgograd and have arrested two others they say are accomplices to the terrorist attacks aimed at disrupting the Sochi Olympics.
The bombers were identified as Asker Samedov and Suleiman Magomedov, who the National Anti-Terrorism Committee say were part of a terrorist group based in Dagestan, according to a Reuters report.
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Two brothers, identified as Magomednabi and Tagir Batirov, were arrested Wednesday in the predominantly Muslim republic of Dagestan and charged with being accomplices in the attack. Their precise roles were not disclosed.
An Islamic jihadist group based in Dagestan posted a video this month showing the suicide bombers speaking to a camera before their attack, saying Sochi would be targeted in an effort to disrupt the Winter Olympics, which will be underway next week.
The online video warns Russian President Vladimir Putin
that Russians and tourists would be singled out in the attacks.
“If you hold the Olympics you will receive a present from us … for you and all those tourists who will come over,” a man on the video says, according to Al Jazeera. “It will be for all the Muslim blood that is shed every day around the world — be it in Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, all around the world. This will be our revenge,” the alleged terrorists say.
The video was released by Vilayat Dagestan, part of an umbrella group called the Caucasus Emirate that is trying to form an independent Islamic state in the North Caucasus. The area is east of Sochi.
Magomednabi and Batirov were identified as the alleged bombers who set off explosions at a rail station on Dec. 29 and a bus a day later in Volgograd, which is some 400 miles northeast of Sochi and was once known as Stalingrad. Islamic terrorists have taken responsibility for a number of other attacks in the country in recent months.
Russia has deployed more than 50,000 soldiers and police in and around Sochi to provide security for the Games.
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