Yesterday, a bomb which exploded in a bus in Volgograd, killed 14 people in the second deadly attack blamed on suicide bombers in the southern Russian city in 24 hours and raising fears of Islamist attacks on the Winter Olympics.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin reportedly ordered a tighter security nationwide after the morning rush-hour blast.
It was believed that a male suicide bomber set off the blast, a day after a similar attack killed at least 17 in the main rail station of a city that serves as a gateway to the southern wedge of Russian territory bounded by the Black and Caspian Seas and the Caucasus mountains.
The blue and white trolleybus - powered by overhead electric cables - was reduced to a twisted, gutted carcass. Bodies were strewn across the street as Russians prepared to celebrate New Year, the biggest annual holiday.
Windows in nearby apartments were blown out by the blast, which Russia’s foreign ministry condemned as part of a global “terrorist” campaign and welcomed a declaration of solidarity made on Sunday by the United Nations Security Council.
“For the second day, we are dying. It’s a nightmare,” a woman near the scene said, her voice trembling as she choked back tears.
The president had previously dismissed threats from Chechen and other Islamist militants in the nearby North Caucasus.