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Death Toll in Volgograd Terror Climbs to 34

World | December 31, 2013, Tuesday // 11:41| Views: 712 | Comments: 0
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Death Toll in Volgograd Terror Climbs to 34: Death Toll in Volgograd Terror Climbs to 34 65 people remain hospitalized after two deadly terror attacks in Russia's Volgograd Sunday and Monday. Photo EPA/BGNES

The combined death toll from the two suspected suicide bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd has risen to 34.

The news was reported Tuesday by CCN, citing Russian RIA Novosti.

The death toll increased after some of those wounded in the attacks died in the hospital overnight.

Two terror attacks struck Volgograd within 24 hours.

The first terrorist act was committed in the railway station in Volgograd on Sunday. Another terrorist attack was committed on a trolley bus Monday.

The number of people killed in an explosion at the city's rail station now stands at 18, the Russian agency said, citing the Emergencies Ministry.

For the blast on a trolleybus Monday, the toll has reached 16.

The two attacks left over a hundred injured, including 65 people hospitalized. All victims have been identified.

Specialists are offering psychological assistance to the injured, their families and the families of the victims. A hotline for counseling has been opened.

The first victims of the attacks will be buried Sunday and funerals will continue during the first days of the new year. The decision for the burials has been made by relatives of the dead and the costs will be borne by the Russian state.

All events, associated with gathering of people in one place, have been canceled.

Russian authorities have announced five-day mourning after the two attacks.

Investigators say the attacks were linked.

They struck just over a month before the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi.

Volgograd was also targeted in October, when a suspected female suicide bomber killed six people in an attack on a bus.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the two latest explosions.

Russian media reported meanwhile that according to preliminary information the suicide bomber was a Russian male, Pavel Pechenkin, who converted to Islam in 2012.

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