Sochi forces hunt for potential female suicide bombers
Russian security officials are hunting down “several” potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will begin next month, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports.
CBS News has confirmed eyewitness accounts from Sochi that police have left posters and leaflets about the potential suicide bombers in the area of the Olympic venues. A police letter said that one of them, Ruzanna Ibragimova, a 22-year-old widow of an Islamic militant, was at large in Sochi.
Russian authorities have blamed the so-called “black widows” of slain insurgents for previous suicide attacks in the country.
CBS News national security analyst Juan Zarate, who worked on multiple Olympic security plans with foreign leaders, said that women will likely not fly under the radar at Sochi.
“Certain females don’t attract as much security attention as certain male suicide bombers or fighters but I think now with the ramped-up security around Sochi, females are going to get just as much scrutiny as males,” Zarate said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has guaranteed safety at the Games but CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports that other officials increasingly wary. On Monday, U.S. military sources confirmed there are plans to provide U.S. assistance in Russia if an evacuation is necessary. Orr reports that aircraft will likely on alert at European bases with two Navy ships patrolling the nearby Black Sea.
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