US concerned about threats to Sochi Olympics, offers help
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States (US) government is concerned Islamist militants may be preparing attacks aimed at disrupting the Winter Olympic games in Sochi in February and has offered closer cooperation with Russia on security.
One militant group had issued explicit direct threats to disrupt the Olympics, a State Department official said.
Two bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd over the last two days, one at the city's central railway station and another on a bus, killed dozens of people and raised anxieties about the safety of the Olympics.
US officials said US and Russian authorities have engaged in extensive contacts regarding security preparations for the Games.