In wake of the awful suicide bombings that hit Russia this week — two of them less than 24 hours apart, in the city of Volgograd near (about 400 miles) Sochi — we're hearing that Russian police forces have been beefed up.
And in an INTENSE way.
We're talking about detaining DOZENS of people on Tuesday as they sweep through Volgograd. Nobody has claimed responsibility. The scariest part is that there is no indication that anyone arrested so far was connected to the attacks!
But we get it — not only is terrorism an awful and scary thing (34 people have been killed in these two attacks so far), the whole nation now has an added security worry for the Olympics in February! We just hope they aren't ruining innocent lives with these detainings!
Specifically, about 5,200 police and interior troops were mobilized — they're calling it 'Operation Anti-terror Whirlwind' — according to security spokesman Andrei Pilipchuk.
So how did they choose the EIGHTY SEVEN people they've detained? Apparently they either resisted the police or didn't provide proper ID or registration documents on the spot. Some had weapons.
Let's also not forget that Volgograd had another attack back in October, when a woman from Dagestan killed seven people in a suicide bus blast. This isn't new for the city, but nobody should ever be complacent about things like this!
We hope this doesn't happen again, and we surely hope nothing happens during the Olympics!
[Image via AP Images.]
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