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Two suicide bombers behind blasts in Volograd identified by Russian authorities

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Two suicide bombers behind blasts in Volograd identified by Russian authorities

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Russian authorities say they have identified two suicide bombers behind attacks in the southern city of Volgograd last month.

They have also arrested two suspected accomplices.

Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee named the bombers as Asker Samedov and Suleiman Magomedov, members of the “Buinaksk Terrorist Group” based in Dagestan in the North Caucasus.

Two brothers suspected of helping send them to Volgograd were detained in Dagestan. They were identified as Magomednabi and Tagir Batirov.

Twenty four people were killed by the two blasts on December 29 and 30, one that ripped apart a trolleybus and another at a railway station.

Meanwhile, a video posted on the Internet last week shows two men preparing for a suicide attack who give their names as Suleiman and Abdulrakhman and call themselves the Volgograd bombers.

It’s not clear whether the men are the same as those identified by the authorities.

In the video they warn Putin to expect a “present” at the Sochi Winter Olympics. A cause for more concern for the National Anti-Terrorism Committee who say they are continuing their investigations.