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Terror threat to Sochi Olympic Games

Published Jan 21, 2014, 2:07 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 7:25 am IST
Islamist militants promises to deliver “a present” to Russian President at Sochi Olympic Games.

Moscow: Russian Islamist militants have promised to deliver “a present” to President Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Olympic Games in a video which identifies them as suicide bombers killed in attacks last month.

In the video posted on well-known North Caucasus Islamist website, two men sitting in front of a jihadist flag warn the Russian authorities of planned attacks in Sochi.


“As for your Olympics, something that you want so much, we also have a present for you,” says one of the men, as the other smiles.

“And for those tourists who will come, inshallah, for these tourists there is also a present,” one says, using the Arabic phrase for “God willing.” The video cast an ominous shadow over the Games which start on February 7 amid unprecedented sec-urity measures.

“There is a real threat for Sochi, and the desire to spoil the Games is also real,” said analyst Pavel Felgenhauer. “We have no idea of their capabilities.”

The introduction to the video said that the men were responsible for two suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd last month,  Russia’s deadliest in thr-ee years, which killed a total of 34 people and injured many.