Volgograd Policeman Stopping Suicide Bomber Awarded Posthumously

World | December 31, 2013, Tuesday // 11:17
Policeman Stopping Suicide Bomber in Volgograd Awarded Posthumously: Volgograd Policeman Stopping Suicide Bomber Awarded Posthumously Two terror attacks struck Russian city of Volgograd within 24 hours, photo EPA/BGNES

Russian transport police Senior Sergeant Dmitry Makovkin, 29, killed on the line of duty in Volgograd has been awarded posthumously with a Medal of Courage.

Two terror attacks struck Volgograd within 24 hours.

The first terrorist act was committed in the railway in Volgograd on Sunday. Another terrorist attack was committed on a trolley bus Monday. Over 30 people have been killed.

Makovkin perished on site at the railway station while stopping the suicide bomber from advancing further and preventing a much higher death toll.

"When the suicide bomber saw the metal detector frame and saw the policemen on duty as she entered the railway station, she got nervous and her behavior seemed suspicious to the policemen," Interior Ministry spokesman Andrei Pilipchuk told TV Rossiya-24.

Makovkin started in the direction of the bomber at a fast pace and at that moment the explosion rang. He will be buried on Wednesday.

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

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.

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