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Police, troops heavy in bomb-hit Russian city

January 1, 2014 • World News


Russian soldiers patrol the Battle of Stalingrad memorial in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Eerily empty buses lumbered through the streets, police weighed down with body armor warily watched pedestrians near a fast-food restaurant, and members of Cossack units stood guard at bus stops. Volgograd was an ominous and jittery city Tuesday after two suicide bombings in two days killed 34 people.

Volgograd authorities canceled mass events for New Year’s Eve, one of Russia’s most popular holidays, and asked residents not to set off fireworks. All movie theaters were closed until Thursday.

“People are afraid it will happen again. They’re trying not to go outside if they don’t have to,” said 20-year-old Yulia Kuzmina, a Login to read more

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