Threats to Sochi Olympics Made in Terrorist Video
The upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi have faced many threats already, and now yet another has emerged. A video purporting to show two suicide bombers surfaced on a Chechen extremist website on Sunday. The two reference recent bombings in Russia and promise that there are more to come during the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The two men in the video are suspected to be the suicide bombers who carried out two attacks in Volgograd last month. Included in the recently uploaded video is footage of the two bombings, which occurred over the course of two days, and shots of the bombers building their weapons. But perhaps more chilling than the descriptions of what has already happened are the threats of what is to come: the terrorists promise a "surprise package" for the Sochi Olympics. A transcript of the video reads:
We'll have a surprise package for you. And those tourists that will come to you, for them, too, we have a surprise. If it happens [the Olympics], we'll have a surprise for you. This is for all the Muslim blood that is shed every day around the world, be it in Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, all around the world. This will be our revenge.
While many of the American security concerns surrounding the Sochi Olympics focus on risks to LGBT people in the notoriously homophobic country, Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to step up security all around. Still, U.S. lawmakers are uneasy. Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said, "Their level of concern is great, but we don't seem to be getting all of the information we need to protect our athletes in the Games. I think this needs to change, and it should change soon."
[Video via ABC News.]