Second deadly blast hits Russian city of Volgograd ahead of 2014 Sochi Olympics
A handout picture taken and released on December 30, 2013 by the Volgograd regional Interior Ministry department's press service shows the wreckage of a trolleybus following a suicide attack that destroyed the packed trolleybus killing 14 people in the southern Russian city of Volgograd.
December 30th, 2013
09:00 AM ET

Second deadly blast hits Russian city of Volgograd ahead of 2014 Sochi Olympics

By Jethro Mullen

Another deadly blast has struck the southern Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people and further highlighting Russia's security challenges as it readies to host the Winter Olympics in less than six weeks.

An explosion hit a trolleybus near a busy market during the morning rush hour Monday, a day after a blast at Volgograd's main train station killed 17 people and wounded at least 35 others.

Like Sunday's attack, the blast Monday was a terrorist act, Vladmir Markin, a spokesman for the country's federal investigation agency, told the state-run news agency RIA Novosti.

No one claimed responsibility for the explosions. But they come several months after the leader of a Chechen separatist group pledged violence to disrupt the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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