Explosion in Russia - level 3
This is the moment when a suicide bomber is reported to have set off a deadly blast at a train station in Russia, killing at least 13 people.
Russia’s anti-terrorism committee believes a female bomber detonated her explosives in front of a metal detector in the entrance hall of Volgograd station. It’s the second deadly attack in just three days, as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympics.
Volgograd lies about 430 miles (690 kilometres) northeast of Sochi where the Winter Olympics will take place in six weeks. TV footage shows emergency services carrying out victims after the explosion took place, shattering windows and filling the entrance hall with smoke.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered law enforcement agencies to take all necessary measures to ensure security. It’s the deadliest attack to strike Russia’s heartland since January 2011, when Islamist insurgents killed 37 people at a Moscow airport.
Difficult words: set off (to make something explode), blast (explosion), detonate (to explode), shatter (to break into small pieces), heartland (central part of a country), insurgent (rebel).
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