Volgograd Citizens in Shock, City on Edge

World | December 30, 2013, Monday // 14:47|  views

Video footage from the scene Monday showed the twisted shell of the blue trolleybus, with debris spread around it.

Suicide bombings in Volgograd, Russia, have put the city on edge and highlighted the terrorist threat the country faces as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.

Local resident Polina Goncharova said the whole city was in shock.

"This is the first time in my life that I have experienced anything like this. I have been crying since I heard about the first bombing, and now the second one today," she told the BBC.

"I live not far from the areas where both bombings took place, and there are very few people on the streets. I am staying at home myself as I'm worried there will be more attacks."

Volgograd lies about 900km (560 miles) south of Moscow, 650km north of the North Caucasus and 700km north-east of Sochi. It has been struck by suspected suicide bombers three times in two months.

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