NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC condemned the terrorist bombings in Volgograd, Russia. The attacks at the city's main train station yesterday and on a trolley bus today left at least 32 dead.
While no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, they appear similar to other terror assaults carried out by the Caucasus Emirate, a Chechen separatist group, including the 2010 bombings of Moscow's subway system and 2011 attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport. With the 2014 Winter Olympics set to take place shortly in Russia, there is concern that this week's bombings may be the beginning of a new terror campaign, which had been threatened in a video by Doku Umarov, leader of the Caucasus Emirate.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those murdered in the Volgograd bombings, as well as with the injured in the hope they will achieve a full recovery," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "All people of good will must stand together with Russia in the face of those who pursue terrorist strategies of murder and mayhem."
SOURCE American Jewish Committee