Five bodies and an unidentified explosive device were discovered in southern Russia, Reuters reports, putting security forces on further alert as the region prepares for next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
A spokesman for Russia’s Federal Security Service in Stavropol said the bodies and undetonated bomb were found in two districts outside the regional capital, a gateway to the North Caucasus where Islamist insurgents have threatened to derail the nearby Games that open on Feb 7. The corpses, found among four cars, suffered gunshot wounds.
The discovery comes after two bombs in as many days hit a major rail station and bus in Volgograd late December, killing at least 31. After those attacks, President Vladimir Putin said he would eliminate all “terrorists” in Russia. Security officials say about 37,000 personnel are already in place to safeguard Sochi during the competition.