Thursday, January 30, 2014

Russia IDs Volgograd Suicide Bombers, Arrests Accomplices

Ahead of the start of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Russia's Anti-Terorrism Committee identified the Volgograd railway station and trolleybus bombers as Asker Samedov and Suleiman Magomedov, calling them members of the "Buinaksk Terrorist Group." Thirty-four people were killed in the blasts.

Buinaksk (also spelled Buynaksk) is a city in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, where Islamists linked to Al Qaeda (and supported by Saudi Arabia) are waging a separatist war to carve out a North Caucasus Islamic state.

Two suspected accomplices of the bombers were detained in Dagestan, Magomednabi and Tagir Batirov..

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Prince Bandar
ENDNOTE: The arrest of the Baitrov brothers recalls the Boston Marathon Bombing.  "The exact trajectory" of the Tsarnaev brothers "journey into radicalism" may never be known. 

What is known is that the Volgograd bombings followed a reported threat made by Saudi Arabia's spy boss--and former ambassador to the United States--to Russia's President Vladimir Putin. According to press accounts, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan told Putin: “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, and they will not move in the Syrian territory’s direction without coordinating with us. These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role or influence in Syria’s political future.”

Where's the outrage?

Related: 9/11 Families Can Sue Saudi Arabia