POSTED: June 3rd 2010

Russian security head warns of terrorist efforts to derail Sochi 2014 Games

Sochi will host the winter Games in four years time / Image: Sochi 2014
Sochi will host the winter Games in four years time / Image: Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/MOSCOW, Jun 3: Reports of a possible terrorist effort looking to provoke the cancellation of the Sochi Games have been disclosed by the Russian head of security.

News sources report that Federal Security Service (FSB) head Alexander Bortnikov raised the issue at a security conference held at Yekaterinburg on Thursday. He mentioned that he feels that Islamist insurgent groups would attempt to derail the winter Olympic Games with threats.

Russia’s northern Caucasus area has long been believed to be infiltrated by Islamist insurgents and the Black Sea resort city of Sochi is not far off.

The director also noted that his security forces had prevented 23 terrorist attacks detaining 250 bandits and their associates in the first six months of this year.

The incidents have been fueled by insurgents in several Muslim-dominated autonomous republics namely Dagestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia in the North Caucasus region. These groups are focusing on eroding the Kremlin's control by targeting top government officials and setting off bomb attacks in Moscow in the subway system and in other areas of Russia.

Bortnikov also compared the situation to al-Qaeda threats that undermined the Lisbon-Dakar rally two years ago in 2008.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Kremlin · Al-Qaeda ·

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