#Russia /`Volgograd’ “Suspected Bombing Mastermind Killed in Dagestan”

#AceNewsServices says `Suspected `Volgograd‘ bombing mastermind killed in Dagestan ‘

VolgogradMapThe militant was identified as leader of the “Kadarskaya” gang Mirzayev, a Dagestani law-enforcement source told Itar-Tass on Wednesday, adding that according to preliminary information, he might have sent two suicide bombers to Volgograd late in December 2013.

The special operation was carried out in the town of Izberbash. “The house was blocked on Wednesday morning. During the talks, one of the militants’ accomplices surrendered,” the source said. “The rest, including Mirzayev, opened fire and were killed in a shootout.

January 30, it was reported that suicide bombers who staged two terrorist acts in the southern Russian city of Volgograd late in last December were identified, and criminals involved in their delivery to the city were detained. January 29, as a result of investigative actions on the territory of the Republic of Dagestan, Magomednabi and Tagir Batyrov involved in transporting suicide bombers to Volgograd were detained.

Two terrorist attacks were staged in the city of Volgograd over the last days of 2013. On December 29, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to the waiting hall of Volgograd’s central railway station. On December 30, a suicide bomber blew up a trolleybus in the morning rush hour. These attacks claimed 34 lives. About 100 people were wounded.

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#Russia : ” Gifts of the Magi Worshipped in Volgograd”

#AceNewsServices says `More than 50,000 People Worshipped `Gifts of Magi’ in Russia‘s Volgograd’

9dari_volxvov_provodi_3More than 50,000 people have so far worshipped the Gifts of the Magi – a Christian relic taken out of Greece for the first time since the 15th century – in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan in the southern Russian city of Volgograd.

“The box with the relic will be open for visitors until 10 a.m. Moscow Time February 5, after midnight February 4,” Sergei Ivanov, a spokesman for the regional diocese, said Tuesday.

“On Wednesday morning, the relic will be taken from Volgograd’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan to the airport and then it will head for home, to the Agiou Pavlou (St. Paul’s) monastery on Mount Athos,” Ivanov told Itar-Tass.

According to the Gospel of Matthew, Biblical Magi, or Wise Men, were led by the Star of Bethlehem to the place where the baby Jesus was born. They brought Christ gold, which was a gift to kings, frankincense, a sign of veneration, and myrrh, used to anoint the deceased, thus venerating Jesus as King, God and Man.

Warming centers and feeding stations have been opened for believers, with temperatures in the city reaching minus 20 degrees Celsius.

The relic was brought to Volgograd on Monday.

The event is important for the city, where two suicide bombings killed 34 people and injured more than 70 others in attacks on a railway terminal and a trolleybus on December 29 and 30, 2013.

The Gifts, kept in the Agiou Pavlou monastery on Mount Athos in Greece since the 15th century, were displayed in Russia on January 7-17, then traveled to Belarus, and were later taken to Ukraine for display in the world-famous Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, or Monastery of the Caves, in Kiev. Over 1.6 million of pilgrims have worshipped the relic in the three countries by now.

The box with the relic has part of the original Gifts: three gold plates with a thin filigree ornament with beads from a mix of frankincense and myrrh attached to it on a silver thread.

Volgograd was a special point in the Gifts’ travel from Greece due to the recent terrorist attacks on the city, Konstantin Malofeyev, the head of the St. Basil the Great Charitable Foundation, which organized and funded the Gifts’ travel to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, said at an Itar-Tass news conference.

There was a permit to take the relic [out of Greece] for one month, but it was impossible to say no to believers in Volgograd. The Gifts of the Magi were brought here by Patriarch Kirill [of Moscow and All Russia] himself, who arrived in Volgograd to speak to those who came through the tragedy and tell them words of consolation,” Malofeyev said.

Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church have said the Gifts of the Magi are one of the few relics connected with the earthly life of Jesus Christ that have been preserved to the present day.

Legend has it that shortly before her Dormition, or Assumption, the Mother of God passed the relics to two pious women. Later on, the Gifts were brought to Byzantium, and, after the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453, they were taken to Mount Athos in Greece by Serb Princess Mary.

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#Russia : `Volgograd Suicide Bombers’ Identified by `National Anti-Terrorism Committee’ and Detained’

#AceBreakingNews `Volgograd Suicide Bombers Identified’ and `Suspected Accomplices’ detained.

Published time: January 30, 2014 10:25 

Edited time: January 30, 2014 12:03
BreakingNews1The two suicide bombers responsible for the attacks in Russia’s Volgograd in December have been identified, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said. Their alleged accomplices, suspected of aiding their travel to Volgograd, have been detained.

The two terrorist attacks took place in the space of just over 24 hours on December 29 and 30. The first one, a huge blast at the Volgograd railway station on December 29, was followed by another a day later inside a packed city bus. More than 30 lives were claimed in the attacks, and dozens of people were injured.

“In the course of the investigation… our leads resulted in the identification of two suicide bombers of the Buynaksk terrorist group – Asker Samedov and Suleyman Magomedov,” a committee official said in a statement.


Investigators work at the site of a blast on a trolleybus in Volgograd December 30, 2013. (Reuters)

However, those responsible for planning the terrorist attacks may still be at large, the anti-terrorism committee said. A search is underway.

Dagestan has been the scene of several recent anti-terrorist operations, three of them on January 22, leading to the elimination of a prominent militant leader allegedly responsible for a series of bombings and attacks on the police, Eldar Magatov.

A member of the so-called Babayurtovskaya gang, Magatov was hiding out in rural Dagestan.

A total of three operations by Russia’s security forces were carried out in an attempt to apprehend the suspected terrorist.

Blasts, shoot-outs and other violence are a common occurrence in the volatile republic as extremists face off against security forces on an almost-daily basis.

Dagestan, as well as neighboring Chechnya and Ingushetia – which at one point or another also harbored suspected militants from Dagestan – have all lived in fear of terrorist attacks recently.


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