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US lawmakers see serious threat of attacks in Russia during Olympics

Published on Feb 10, 2014 1:40 AM
 
Russian security forces patrol the streets as preparations continue for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor on Feb 7, 2014. Top lawmakers from the United States House of Representatives' intelligence and homeland security panels on Sunday warned of a serious threat of attacks in Russia during the Winter Olympics, though US officials say the Olympic grounds are secure. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Top lawmakers from the United States House of Representatives' intelligence and homeland security panels on Sunday warned of a serious threat of attacks in Russia during the Winter Olympics, though US officials say the Olympic grounds are secure.

The Olympics formally opened on Friday in Sochi. Islamist militant groups based in the nearby north Caucasus region have threatened attacks during the Feb 7 to Feb 23 Games.

"I've never seen a greater threat certainly in my lifetime," said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas.

"I think there's a high degree of probability that something will detonate, something will go off, but I do think it's probably most likely to happen outside of the ring of steel and the Olympic Village," he said on Fox News Sunday.

 
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