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Increase in security for winter Olympics after bombings
Volgograd, Russia -- A Russian city 400 miles from the site of February's Winter Olympics is on high alert following two suicide bombings in two days that authorities believe were carried out by the same group.
At least 14 people were killed in Mondays blast on a trolley bus in Volgograd. On Sunday, 17 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a railway station, 35 others were injured.
These attacks have put the world on edge- stoking fears of further attacks as the Olympic Games to be held in Sochi are set to begin in less than six weeks.
I couldnt believe it actually and then to see the footage that was caught of it, its pretty powerful stuffvery scary, Chris Woodworth said, who is headed to the games in February.
A resident of Rochester, Woodworth was selected to be an Olympic hockey referee. The 33-year-old said being able to officiate at the world event has been a dream come true and now, hell be going there with heightened sense of fear. Unfortunately it the day and age that we live in and you just hope the actual Olympics are going to be a little more well protected.
While no person or party has taken responsibility for the attacks, several months before the bombings, Militant Islamic separatists vowed to disrupt the games and are thought to be behind these bloody attacks.
Those types of groups and people, theyre going to do that no matter what, Woodworth said. Any major world event theyre going to make those threats whether or not they have the ability to do anything is unknown.
Woodworth said he is not sure when he will be heading to Russia, Olympic officials have not given him his travel plans and no one has contacted him regarding the possible security threat at the games. We know all precautions are taken place and the Olympic village is going to be pretty much a military zone with a military perimeter and everybody coming in and out is to go through super intense screening.
Woodworth said being able to attend the Olympics is a once in a lifetime opportunity, one he is not willing to pass. We officials and the athletes definitely plan on attending and I dont think anyone would boycott just for the sake that its so special and it means so much.