Volgograd dating

03 Mar

Volgograd serves as a key transport hub for southern Russia, with numerous bus routes linking it to volatile provinces in Russia's North Caucasus.The successive attacks in the city, formerly known as Stalingrad, signalled that militants may be using the transport hub as a renewed way of showing their reach outside their restive region.

Following Sunday's explosion, the Interior Ministry ordered police to beef up patrols at railway stations and other transport facilities across Russia.

A male suicide bomber detonated a device on a packed trolleybus carrying people to work during rush hour, injuring a further 28, authorities said.

Russia's top investigative body said that the kind of explosive used suggested the attack and Sunday's strike on Volgograd station could have been jointly planned.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either of the two explosions, which came several months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games.

Suicide bombings and other attacks have rocked Russia for years, but in recent years most of them have been confined to the North Caucasus region, the centre of an insurgency seeking to carve out an Islamist state.