Russia Claims Volgograd Bombing Mastermind Killed

Author of the attack that raised fears about the Sochi Olympics was killed, says Russian state media

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Russian firefighters and security personnel inspect the destroyed trolleybus in Volgograd on December 30, 2013.

One of the suspected authors of the deadly twin bomb attacks in the Russian city of Volgograd was killed in a police operation, Russian media reported Wednesday, potentially easing security concerns ahead of the Sochi Olympics.

The man was reportedly killed along with several others in a shootout in a town in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, reports CNN, a hub for a radical Islamist insurgency blamed for earlier terror attacks in Russia. One accomplice in the bombing was also arrested.

The December bombing of the city’s main train station and a trolley bus killed 34 people and injured 100, raising concerns about safety ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics.