Putin vows to annihilate 'terrorists' after bombings

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has vowed to "fiercely and consistently continue the fight against terrorists until their complete annihilation" following the twin suicide bomb attacks on the city of Volgograd.

Putin visits survivors of the Volgograd bomb attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited survivors of the recent suicide bomb attacks that took place in the city of Volgograd.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front) meets a survivor of one of two bombings in Volgograd.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front) meets a survivor of one of two bombings in Volgograd. Credit: REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskiy/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Putin's visit to the hospital comes after he vowed to "fiercely and consistently continue the fight against terrorists until their complete annihilation".

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with one of the survivors.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with one of the survivors. Credit: REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskiy/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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IOC confident Russia can deliver safe and secure Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it is confident the Russian authorities can delivers a "safe and secure" Winter Olympics in Sochi after a second suicide attack on the city of Volgograd.

IOC president Thomas Bach said: "This is a despicable attack on innocent people and the entire Olympic movement joins me in utterly condemning this cowardly act. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims.

Russian police check a passerby in Sochi.
Security in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics are due to take place, has been tightened Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

"I have personally written to the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to express our condolences to the Russian people and our confidence in the Russian authorities to deliver safe and secure Games in Sochi.

"I am certain that everything will be done to ensure the security of the athletes and all the participants of the Olympic Games."

British Olympics chiefs monitoring safety after blasts

British Olympic chiefs are monitoring the safety and security situation in Russia after a second suicide bomb hit the city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people.

The suicide bombing on a bus came a day after 17 people died in another suicide attack at the central station in the city.

The bus destroyed in an explosion in the Russian city of Volgograd is towed away.
The bus destroyed in an explosion in the Russian city of Volgograd is towed away. Credit: REUTERS/Sergei Karpov

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi, about 400 miles from Volgograd, due to open on February 7, the British Olympic Association described the terror attacks as "a painful reminder of the threats that exist in our world today".

"As with every Olympic Games - winter and summer - it is the responsibility of security officials at the national level, working in close coordination with regional and local authorities and the Games Organising Committee, to ensure that the environment is as safe and secure as possible," it said.

Russia targeted by second suicide bomber in two days

A second suicide bomber has struck in the Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people.

The target was a bus - packed with commuters - in the morning rush-hour.

On Sunday, 17 people were killed by an explosion at the city's train station. Security is now a major concern, with the Russia's Winter Olympics just six weeks away.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports:

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Russia calls for unity in fight against 'insidious enemy'

The scene of bus blast in Volgograd which has killed at least 14 people. Credit: APTN

Russia has called for international solidarity in the fight against "terrorists" after two deadly suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said: "We will not retreat and will continue our consistent fight against an insidious enemy that can only be defeated together."

It did not place direct blame on any particular group for the attacks but said they came against a backdrop of threats from militants.

They include Doku Umarov, leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus who has called on fighters to prevent Russia holding the Winter Olympics in February.

Map of Russian city of Volgograd

The city of Volgograd is situated in southern Russia Credit: Google Maps

The Russian city of Volgograd where at least 31 people have been killed after two suspected suicide bombing attacks is about 400 miles northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held in February.

At least 14 people were killed in an explosion on a trolleybus earlier today, a day after a blast killed at least 17 at the city's main railway station.

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