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  • 21 January 2014, 22:48

Sochi: 'Black Widows' Hunted Ahead Of Games

Russian security officials are hunting three potential female suicide bombers ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics next month.

One of the suspects, 22-year-old Ruzanna Ibragimova, was reported to be at large in Sochi where the games are being held.

Russian authorities have blamed so-called "black widows" of slain insurgents for previous suicide attacks in the country.

Ibragimova is the widow of an Islamic militant.

The other two suspects have been identified as 26-year-old Zaira Aliyeva and 34-year-old Dzhannet Tsakhayeva.

Police information states that all three women have been trained "to perpetrate acts of terrorism".

It also warned that the two other suspects "are probably among us", but did not say if they were in Sochi.

The Black Sea resort town will host the games in February amid concerns about security and potential terrorist attacks.

Last month, the southern city of Volgograd was rocked by two suicide bombings, which killed 34 and injured dozens more.

An Islamic militant group in Dagestan on Monday posted a video claiming responsibility for the bombings and threatened to target the games in Sochi, around 300 miles west of Dagestan.

The Winter Olympics are being held between February 7 and 23.

Russia has mounted an intense security operation in the city, but concerns remain about "soft targets" outside Olympic venues including buses and tourist facilities which are vulnerable to attack.

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