Two days to the end of the Janus Project.
In the mean time something is happening in Russia. This suicide bombing was followed by another in a trolley bus in Volgograd. The unrest in Russia doesn’t seem to have made much impact on news here but it is evident that this level of ‘terrorist’ activity has been going on for some time as individual Russian states endeavour to seek their own future.
|People milled in Volgograd.
The station buzzed with the rush of bustling crowds,
jostling commuters muscling their way to work,
hassled mothers with children in tow. Children hushed.
Somebody killed in Volgograd.
Blood was spilled in Volgograd.
Something was stilled in Volgograd.
|29th December 2013 – headline from the Guardian
Notes: “Volgograd train station rocked by suicide bombing.” Sixteen people were killed and another 50 injured after a suicide bombing at a railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that highlighted the region’s security vulnerability just six weeks before the Winter Olympics. Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, is a railway hub on the route connecting European Russia with central Asia. It acts as a gateway to the Caucasus, and is 600 miles from Sochi, the Black Sea city where the Olympics are scheduled to start on 7 February. The blast ripped through an area between the station entrance and metal frames that had been installed as a precaution against terror attacks. An early statement by the Russian national anti-terrorist committee said the explosion was presumed to have been caused by a female suicide bomber, a young woman from the Caucasus, as in previous attacks in Russia over the past decade. One report identified the perpetrator as a Dagestani woman by the name of Oksana Aslanova, widow of a militant. However, later, news agencies reported that it was a man wearing a rucksack who was behind the attack, though he may not have been acting alone.
- Successive suicide bombings in Russia kill over 30 (cnsnews.com)
- Volgograd police step up security after suicide attacks (theguardian.com)
- Volgograd train station rocked by apparent suicide bombing (theguardian.com)
- Russian police round up dozens after suicide bombings (news.yahoo.com)