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Putin vows to annihilate 'terrorists' after suicide bombings in Russia

Published on Dec 31, 2013 10:40 PM
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) visits residents of temporary housing for flood victims in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk, on Dec 31, 2013. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013, vowed to annihilate "terrorists" following two deadly bomb attacks in less than 24 hours in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday vowed to annihilate "terrorists" following two deadly bomb attacks in less than 24 hours in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics.

The uncompromising remarks in a New Year's Eve address were Mr Putin's first public comments since suicide bombers killed at least 34 people in attacks on a railway station and a trolleybus on Sunday and Monday.

The bombings raised fears of further attacks before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics in less than six weeks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, a major prestige project for Mr Putin.

"I am certain that we will fiercely and consistently continue the fight against terrorists until their complete annihilation," Mr Putin said, according to Russian news agencies.

 
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