Putin vows to ‘annihilate’ terrorists after back-to-back bombings
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Russian president Vladimir Putin promised the “complete annihilation” of terrorists during his New Year’s Eve address to his country shaken by two deadly back-to-back bomb attacks in the southern Russia city of Volgograd.
The suicide bombings raised concern for the safety of Winter Olympic athletes and attendees in city of Sochi, which lies 400 miles from Volgograd.
Tatyana Volchanskaya, a student in Volgograd, told Reuters she’s frightened and her friends are afraid to go to crowded places.
Putin’s address marks the first public comments since the bombings that killed 34 people Sunday and Monday.
“I am certain that we will fiercely and consistently continue the fight against terrorists until their complete annihilation”, Putin said, according to Russian news agencies.