Pyatigorsk – Six bodies, riddled with gunshot wounds, were found in four cars in the southern Stavropol region of Russia on Wednesday. Three of the four cars were reportedly laden with explosives. Russian authorities have since announced that security forces have been put on combat alert ahed of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Sochi city.
According to The Telegraph, one of the bombs went off, but no one was injured from the blast. As of yet, no motive has been found for the killings, but the bodies were found in Pyatigorsk, a town just north of Russia’s volatile Caucasus region where an Islamist rebellion is on the rise.
The Federal Security Service (FSS) joined in on the investigation which was classified as a counter-terrorist operation because of the explosives that were found, said the FSS’s spokesperson, Vladimir Markin in a statement on Thursday.
A report by a Russian newspaper, Kommersant, suggested the bombs were meant to detonate when police arrived to investigate. The newspaper drew a parallel to a 2010 attack also in Pyatigorsk where a taxi driver was killed and his car used as a bomb. Thirty people were injured in that attack.
Two weeks ago at least 10 people were killed and several others injured a trolley bus explosion when a bomb detonated inside the vehicle. The day before a female suicide bomber killed at least 17 people and injured 35 others at a train station after setting off the bomb as she passed through a security checkpoint.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the December attacks, but earlier this year Doku Umarov, the leader of a Chechen terrorist group, released a video calling for his supporters to disrupt the Sochi Games.
Umarov called the games a “satanic dancing on the bones of our ancestors” and urged his supporters to use “any means permitted by Allah” to stop the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Russia already tightened security measures around Sochi following the December attacks, but following this latest Pyatigorsk incident, the safety of those attending next month’s Games was again made questionable.
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