Iraqi Islamists claim responsibility for Volgograd blasts
Ansar al Sunna posted a 50-minute video on the extremist website Vilayat Dagestan that showed two young men - called Suleiman and Abdurakhim in the video credits - allegedly preparing to carry out the attacks.
Dressed in black T-shirts with Kalashnikov rifles in their hands, the two sit praying in front of a black flag with white letters in Arabic. They also explain in Russian their motives for taking part in the attack.
The last seconds of the video feature photographs from the Dec. 29 explosion at the Volgograd railway station and a Dec. 30 explosion on a trolley bus.
The video authors claim that the explosions were set off on orders from Doku Umarov, who had lifted the moratorium on acts of sabotage. The militants also threatened with more terrorist attacks in Russia's North Caucasus Federal District.
Late last week, the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, again said that the "Imarat Kavkaz," (the Caucasus Emirate), leader, Doku Umarov, was dead. According to Kadyrov, the terrorists threaten the forthcoming Sochi Olympics no more.
But security services have failed to confirm Umarov’s death. Ansar al-Sunnah is a terrorist group that’s been active in Iraq since 2003. The group’s original objective was to fight the US troops in Iraq, as well as the current Iraqi government.
Voice of Russia, Interfax, LA Times