Russian train station blast that killed 16 raises Olympic security fears
MOSCOW (AFP) - A female suicide bomber killed 16 people Sunday in a strike on the main train station of the southern Russian city of Volgograd that heightened security fears just six weeks before the Sochi Olympic Games.
Investigators said the unidentified woman set off her charge after being stopped by a police officer at the metal detectors of the central entrance to the station when it was packed with people travelling to celebrate the New Year.
Footage captured by a nearby camera showed a huge orange fireball blow out the heavy front doors and windows from the grey stone three-storey building.
Thick billows of smoke then poured out as people scattered along the rain-soaked street.