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Caught On Tape: Suicide Bombing In Russia's Fifth Largest Train Station Kills 15, One Month Ahead Of Sochi Games

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Two months ago, we reported when a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a bus in the Russian city of Volgograd, located 400 miles northeast of Sochi where the winter Olympic games begin in just over a month.

The explosion was caught on dashcam (the video can be seen here). But more than a mere isolated terrorist incident in a region of Russia which has historically been rife with conflict between Russia and Chechen separatists, this explosion, which took place just after Russia managed to impose its will in the Syrian conflict's outcome, and left Saudi (and Israeli) relations with the US in tatters, we reminded readers just who is the invisible hand behind all terrorist activities in proximity to Sochi: Saudi Arabia.

Recall from our commentary on the October Volgograd explosion:

Disturbing as this video is, we believe it is only going to get worse as the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics approach. Recall from "Meet Saudi Arabia's Bandar bin Sultan: The Puppetmaster Behind The Syrian War":

Bandar told Putin, "...The terrorist threat is growing in light of the phenomena spawned by the Arab Spring. We have lost some regimes. And what we got in return were terrorist experiences, as evidenced by the experience of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the extremist groups in Libya.... As an example, I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us...

Was today's terrorist explosion just a warning shot ultimately funded and organized by none other than the biggest loser from the Syrian detente: Saudi Arabia, because recall that it was Saudi Arabia which orchestrated the near-US invasion after playing Obama and Kerry like a fiddle, in hopes of getting the natgas pipeline under Syria. Following the Putin-brokered peace plan, Saudi will now have to wait at least one more year before re-escalating tensions in the Syria region with hopes of installing its own puppet regime.  In the meantime, is Saudi now openly lashing out at the one country that made this delay a reality. And if so, when, where and how will Putin retaliate against the country that serves as the anchor of the petrodollar system? We look forward to finding out.  

It's two months later and if indeed Bandar bin Sultan is in funding and enabling the local terrorists, then Saudi Arabia is increasingly demonstrating its displeasure with Russia, and furthermore, sending a warning to the world that the Sochi games may be hazardous to one's health. Overnight, another almost identical explosion rocked Volgograd, when a female suicide bomber set off a bomb in one of the five largest train stations in Russia in what is a clear warning to Russia as the Winter Olympics approach.

This is what happened earlier today:

A suicide bombing has killed at least 14 people and injured over 40 in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, raising concerns about terrorism just over a month before Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The train station attacked today is one of the five largest in Russia
and is a major transit point for much of southern Russia
. It was unclear
whether the train station was the woman's intended target or whether
she planned to travel elsewhere to carry out an attack. 

 

A female bomber carried out the blast in a Volgograd train station, 400 miles from the site of the upcoming Olympics in the Russian resort town of Sochi, Russian authorities said. The Sochi 2014 Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on Feb. 7. A total of 33 people were hospitalized, with eight in serious condition and one in "extremely serious condition," Oleg Solagai, a spokesman for the Russian health ministry, told Russian news agency Rossiya24.

 

Authorities in Volgograd said the attack left 27 people seriously injured, and that the death toll may increase. A police officer was among the dead, and a nine-year-old girl was injured, authorities said.

 

A severed head found at the site of the bombing is suspected to be that of the woman who carried out the attack, making it "possible to identify her," a Volgograd law enforcement source told the Russian news agency Interfax. Investigators have reason to believe the woman came from Russia's Dagestan region, the source told the agency. 

 

The bombing took place in the same city where another female suicide bomber was blamed for an attack an October bus attack that killed seven people, including the bomber.  Like the October bomb attack, today's blast was caught on camera. Surveillance video showed the exact moment the explosion took place, just inside an entranceway to the train station.

 

Volgograd reeled from the attack just before the New Year's celebrations, a major holiday in Russia that would have likely meant a high amount of traffic was passing through the train station today. Yulia Chemova with Volunteers of Russia, who was at the railway station minutes after the attack to help out, told ABC News she believed the attack was planned around the New Year holiday.

 

"The timing for the terrorist attack in Volgograd is perfect," she said. "It's holiday season; airports and train stations are packed at this time of year."

 

There have been 32 terrorist attacks in Russia in the year ahead of Sochi 2014, according to Kavkazskiyuzel, a Russian think tank.

 

The power of today's explosion was equivalent to at least 22 pounds of TNT, and police officers averted a much larger tragedy by stopping the woman right at the entrance to the train station, according to a committee investigating the attack. Had she made it inside, a spokesman for the committee said, casualties could have reached the hundreds. Russia's interior ministry said it would deploy more police at all rail stations in Russia and that passengers would be subject to strict security measures.

 

Today's attack bore some similarities to the October bus bombing, which authorities said was also carried out by a woman from Dagestan. Russia has for years been fighting an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, a region that encompasses the restive Russian regions of Chechnya and Dagestan, as well as the Olympic host city, Sochi.

 

Suicide bombers, often female, from Chechnya or Dagestan and sometimes known as "black widows," have carried out many attacks on Russian targets in the past decade, including the dual bombing of the Moscow subway in 2010 that claimed 39 lives. Female bombers from the Caucasus were also blamed for the simultaneous bombing of two Russian airplanes in 2004, an attack that killed 90 people.

And, as noted, the explosion was caught on video and can be seen below:

So, like before, if Saudi Arabia is doing its best to poke Vladimir Putin with ever escalating provocations, how long until the former KGB spy retaliates?

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Sun, 12/29/2013 - 11:24 | 4283068 Colonel Klink
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Go get'em Vlad the Impaler!  Show the KOS who's boss.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 11:28 | 4283071 Jannn
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Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:02 | 4283124 hedgeless_horseman
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Are suicide bombers killing themselves and others because a) they want more freedom, or b) they want more security?

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:02 | 4283127 Looney
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Bombing Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad? Hmmm… Who woulda thonged?

After Bandar’s threats to Putin, if anything happens in Sochi, the Saudis might see a retaliatory Big Bada-Boom over Dhahran (the home of the Aramco, the Saudi Arabian Oil Co.)

My guess is that the “package” would be delivered by the SS-18 Satan, but… it could also be the Amazon’s Octocopter delivery.  ;-)

Looney

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:18 | 4283148 kaiserhoff
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As Terrorism gets cheaper, you will get more of it.

                         Henry Kissinger

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:34 | 4283182 ilikepies
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Meme upgrade 2.0

Pies, eat em.

 

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 14:44 | 4283393 mjcOH1
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"My guess is that the “package”  would be delivered by the SS-18 Satan, but… it could also be the Amazon’s Octocopter delivery.  ;-)"


That'd be pretty crude.  Mailing minor royalty to their next of kin part by part was more the KGB's style back in the day.

http://articles.latimes.com/1986-01-07/news/mn-13892_1_soviets

"The KGB has adopted novel, brutal and apparently effective methods of dealing with terrorists who attack Soviet interests in the Middle East, an Israeli newspaper reported Monday.

The Jerusalem Post said the Soviet secret police last year secured the release of three kidnaped Soviet diplomats in Beirut by castrating a relative of a radical Lebanese Shia Muslim leader, sending him the severed organs and then shooting the relative in the head."

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 15:07 | 4283492 Miles Ahead
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As Terrorism gets cheaper, you will get more of it.   

Henry Kissinger (from one who knows above all others.)

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 15:33 | 4283540 The Juggernaut
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Those Saudi supported Chechnya rebels are definitely getting a head start.  Gazprom will speak.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:38 | 4283692 Freddie
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I hope Putin takes out the House of Saud.  After they are gone - go through Switzerland, the UK and other places and get rid of the rest of the House of Saud scum.  Much of it is around DC.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:31 | 4284010 yrbmegr
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Actually, the KGB will start in NY, Washington, and London.  Easiest places to operate.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:49 | 4284029 Freddie
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House of Saud infests Boston too. 

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:02 | 4283610 Trucker Glock
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"As Terrorism gets cheaper, you will get more of it."

It doesn't really get cheaper.  The U.S. just borrows more to fund it.

 

 

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 13:44 | 4283325 RafterManFMJ
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Let's see.

Some new, heretofore unknown terrorist group begins targeting Saudi oilfields, refineries, and tankers...

SA starts to have major cash flow problems, and damn, Russian oil income goes up by 50%...

Naw, that won't happen...

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 18:46 | 4283929 BigJim
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Yeah, the Saudi royals must be out of their fucking minds.

These guys have EVERYTHING any sociopath could want. But, no, they'll risk it all to get... more.

Our 'leaders' are sick, sick people.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:02 | 4283128 Colonel Klink
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OH, oh, I know this one!  C, because they want both but will get neither?

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:20 | 4283154 CrazyCooter
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c) they are religious radicals who are likely getting paid.

I would not be surprised at all if there was a bonus structure (just like bankers except the coke and hookers are in "heaven") where the money is paid to family (e.g. parents, siblings, etc). Do you think Bandar (or the CIA or any terrorist financier) would write that checck to get what he wants?

10,000 USD is chump change to the financial backers, but it lifts the veil of poverty for the family of a successful suicide bomber.

Or, maybe they are just stupid.

Regards,

Cooter

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:49 | 4284034 Promethus
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And for a limited time get 72 extra Virgins as a bonus.

Disclaimer – Offer valid for male suicide bombers only. Female suicide bombers get to spend eternity as their husband’s #1 wife. Virgins may be heavenly virgins (no anises). Offer valid only where Wahabie Islam is practiced.   

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 20:22 | 4284092 grunk
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Vlad will track down the virgins first.

Suicide bombers will spend eternity jerking off.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:29 | 4283170 Canadian Dirtlump
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C. They are brainwashed idiots who serves as tools of the west and gulf states to serve their agenda.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 13:42 | 4283322 greatbeard
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>> They are brainwashed idiots who serves as tools of the west and gulf states

Military recruits? 

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 13:52 | 4283332 Whoa Dammit
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Here's the bomber;

PHOTO: Preliminary identified suicide bomber Oksana Aslanova http://on.rt.com/ci5n20 

Edit: here's a better photo link. She looks a lot like the younger Boston Bomber boy. https://twitter.com/VoiceofRussia/status/417334762181644289/photo/1

"She is said to have been married twice to two militants. Both of her husbands have been reportedly eliminated, according to LifeNews, which didn't disclose its sources. Aslanova is also said to be a close friend of Naida Asiyalova, also known as ‘Amaturahman,’ who was behind the attack in Volgograd in October, when six were killed and 30 injured." (RT Live link)

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 14:45 | 4283434 Wish Doctor
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What do you call a liberal after they get mugged.  A conservative!

What do you call them after they get mugged by the police?  A radical!

What do you call them after after assassins murder their loved ones?  A revolutionary!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 14:44 | 4283437 Wish Doctor
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"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." 

Bob Dylan

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 17:38 | 4283809 Harbanger
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That's romantic and sounds nice but in reality, the poor with "nothing left to lose" have no freedom.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 18:26 | 4283891 Al Huxley
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Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster actually, not Bob Dylan.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:17 | 4283639 Trucker Glock
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Well, there ya go.  Important people have strongly condemned the bombing.  That should prevent further attacks.

How many times have we heard the "strongly condemn" line in the last decade or more?  I probably missed it, but I'm sure some diplomat has used the word "cowardly" to describe the bombing.  Meaningless rhetoric from sociopathic politicians and diplomats.

Could this be the beginning of the end of the House of Saud?

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 14:00 | 4283362 Unpopular Truth
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right on, HH... the bombers are "doing it for religion or freedom"... pawns in a laregr game

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 14:09 | 4283367 Wish Doctor
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Are suicide bombers killing themselves and others because a) they want more freedom, or b) they want more security?

Freedom, most obviously.  I can't imagine any other path to having true freedom from tyranny and oppression.

And not just for themselves, mind you.  They are the only true patriots of our age.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:26 | 4283667 Oldwood
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I certainly hope these patriots don't have any plans of "freeing" me. If so, they will be met with some resistance. Fucking idiots trying to make there point by blowing up innocents. I can't think of a worse way to spread a religion of peace, but a religion of fear and oppression sounds perfect. It might well replace the one we already have, progressivism.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:03 | 4283966 BigJim
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Well, here's the thing; if anyone comments that we slaughter innocents by the thousand (Dresden, Hiroshima, etc), the defence is always that this is war, and shit happens in war.

The Russians have behaved like all empires do in the would-be breakaway republics - brutally. The only way this will stop is if the Russian people put enough pressure on their 'leaders' to let the Chechens go or negotiate greater autonomy (ie, essentially bribe the rebels' leaders with political advancement).

That is the logic of terrorism... or, at least, the incentive for the terrorist's leaders. And they can always find people desperate to revenge their loved ones to do the actual suiciding.

Furthermore, if you accept the 'collateral damage' of citizens living in dictatorships as inevitable (however regrettable) then how much more sense does it make to attack citizens in democracies, who, in aggregate, actually support their governments, both morally and financially? If you were to slaughter civilians in, say, North Korea, it would make little difference to NK's policies (unless you slaughtered so many that it degraded their ability to carry out their policies); in a democracy, killing civilians has a much greater impact on what their government does. Look at Spain after the Al-Qaeda train bombings.

But if terrorists really want to get ahead they should attack their enemies' financial elites. I don't think it's coincidence that the British government only really started making concessions in Northern Ireland, after the IRA blew up Canary Wharf.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:15 | 4283643 Mr. Magoo
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They are neither for more freedom or security, this is just more of the same CIA funded mercenaries trying to disrupt the status quot and cause unnecessary chaos

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:29 | 4283677 Oldwood
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While they may be agents of the CIA, I find it rather sad that every time there are those who will want to blame our own country first for anything that is shit in the world. We don't need to live in a polyannish world of the "chosen ones", but fuck me if America is to blame for everything. Maybe it makes some feel better that their friends and loved ones will be murdered by some "justifiably homocidal lunatic", but for me, right or wrong I will stand for me and mine. Just the way it is.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:43 | 4283704 palmereldritch
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c) suicide bombers = low tech ground-based drone attacks

air-based feeds ground-based...and the circle turns...ultimately, by the same hand for both: tyranny

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 01:13 | 4284569 michael63636
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Attention hedgeless_horseman:

 

Educate yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y

 

 

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 11:28 | 4283072 Buckaroo Banzai
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The "religion of peace" strikes again!

Remember that time when a member of a non-Muslim religion blew themselves up and killed a bunch of people?

Me neither.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 11:39 | 4283084 Colonel Klink
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Last I can recall is Timothy McVeigh trying to make a point against our government's slaughter of it's own people at Waco.

I guess he was kind of the "pre" Edward Snowden.  Sadly no one listened to his message.

 

EDIT:  I must add to my above comment that I don't think Putin will be bowing to the Saudi royals.  Unlike our CONmander in chief.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:04 | 4283096 Colonel Klink
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I guess that's a bad example because he didn't blow himself up.

Missed it by "that" much.  Gotta down vote myself (and did).  Point still remains though about the over militarized response.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_McVeigh

Read it.  I think you may find some of his beliefs ring true with many on ZH.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:09 | 4283139 Buckaroo Banzai
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Really? I thought everyone on ZH realized that OKC was a false-flag event.

You've got a little catching up to do.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:16 | 4283145 Colonel Klink
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Not so sure it was BB, maybe I do.  What say you fellow ZH members?

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:30 | 4283172 Itch
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I'd say you're both a couple of twats.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:34 | 4283176 Colonel Klink
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I'd say you're probably right since they say you are what you eat, you COCK!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:42 | 4283195 Pure Evil
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Better to be a twat than an itch on an anus.

 

Raging red hemorrhoids anyone?

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:56 | 4283224 gmrpeabody
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Boys..., BOYS..., knock it off!

If I gotta come in there...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 01:14 | 4284574 Colonel Klink
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He started it!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 15:20 | 4283517 Jack Burton
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NSA government stooge? Scratched!

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:40 | 4283193 Pure Evil
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Oswald = McVeigh = Patsy

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:45 | 4283199 Colonel Klink
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That may be true but I honestly believe Tim had a beef with the government and pulled it off.  Now that's not to suggest that our "oh so protective" goobermint would let a crisis go to waste.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:51 | 4283213 Buckaroo Banzai
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I'm sure he had a beef with the Feds. He would have made a lousy patsy if he didn't.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:56 | 4283223 Colonel Klink
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But does patsy = false flag, if it wasn't done with gov't backing.  Which is what the definition of FF is?

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