Security personnel walk in the Olympic Park in the Coastal Cluster on January 9, 2014 in Alder, Russia. The region will host the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics which start on February 6th, 2014. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
Hide Caption

Islamic militants' video threatens Sochi Olympic games

a a a a
Share this story

MOSCOW (AP) — An Islamic militant group in Russia's North Caucasus has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd last month and posted a video threatening to strike the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

There had been no previous claim of responsibility for the bombings, which killed 34 people and heightened security fears before next month's Olympics.

In the video, two Russian-speaking men sitting in front of black banners with Arabic verses warn President Vladimir Putin that if the games are held, "we will give you a present for the innocent Muslim blood being spilled all around the world."

They add that "for the tourists who come there will be a present, too."

The video was posted Sunday on the website of the militant group Vilayat Dagestan.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More World News
Material on Australian shore examined in search
Material on Australian shore examined in search

Unidentified material that has washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane,…

SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search continues
SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search continues

The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching…

Drone strike in Yemen kills al-Qaida militants
Drone strike in Yemen kills al-Qaida militants

Yemeni security officials and tribal chiefs say that a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed several al-Qaida militants in the country's…

Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia
Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its…

Malaysia, Flight 370 families talk financial aid
Malaysia, Flight 370 families talk financial aid

A deputy foreign affairs minister met with the passengers' relatives in Kuala Lumpur to talk about where to go next. Financial…

Pope, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
Pope, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria,…

On Easter, Pope calls faithful to expand faith
On Easter, Pope calls faithful to expand faith

Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an…

Sunken Korean ferry death toll could exceed 300
Sunken Korean ferry death toll could exceed 300

South Korean President Park Geun-hye says the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed `unforgivable, murderous…

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands to Jerusalem
Holy fire ceremony draws thousands to Jerusalem

The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers…

Everest avalanche a reminder of risk for Sherpas
Everest avalanche a reminder of risk for Sherpas

The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared…