Suspected Volgograd bombing mastermind killed, state media say

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

Story highlights

  • Suspected mastermind killed in a police shootout in Dagestan, Itar-Tass reports
  • One accomplice surrendered but others were killed, the news agency says
  • The bombings in Volgograd in December killed 34 and injured more than 100
  • Russian security operations have focused on suspected Islamist militants in Dagestan

A suspected mastermind of twin bomb attacks in the Russian city of Volgograd was killed in a police operation in the restive North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, state media reported Wednesday.

The man died in a shootout at a house in the town of Izberbash, the official Itar-Tass news agency said.

One accomplice surrendered to police, but others were killed alongside the suspected mastermind, the news agency said.

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The attacks on Volgograd's public transit system in late December, which killed 34 people and injured about 100, shocked Russia and fueled security concerns ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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One bombing targeted the city's main train station and the second, carried out within 24 hours, hit a trolley bus.

Two other people were arrested last week on suspicion of transporting the suicide bombers to Volgograd.

Russian security forces have carried out a number of operations in Dagestan in recent weeks.

The southern republic is the hotbed of an ongoing Islamist insurgency blamed for previous terror attacks in Russia.

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