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IOC Confident of Safe, Secure Games in Sochi despite Terror Spree

World | December 30, 2013, Monday // 19:09| Views: 866 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: IOC Confident of Safe, Secure Games in Sochi despite Terror Spree Two deadly attacks in Volgograd in as many days have raised the specter of terrorism in Russia -- and just weeks before it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics. Photo by EPA/BGNES

After two deadly suicide bombs in two days in Russia's Volgograd, the International Olympic Committee president has voiced confidence Russian authorities will deliver "safe and secure" Games in Sochi.

Thomas Bach wrote to President Vladimir Putin to express condolences for the two deadly attacks that struck Volgograd within 24 hours.

In his letter to Putin, Bach said he was "certain that everything will be done to ensure the security of the athletes and all the participants of the Olympic Games", which open on 7 February.

Suicide bombings in Volgograd, Russia, have put the city on edge and highlighted the terrorist threat the country faces as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.

A blast on a trolleybus Monday killed at least 14 people, officials said. A day earlier, a bombing killed at least 17 at the city's main railway station.

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