On January 10th, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:
USGOV issues formal travel alert for 2014 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia 2/7-3/16. Warns of potential for terrorist acts, crime and demonstrations.
With less than 4 weeks remaining until the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, security forces have been put on high alert in the Stavropol region after 6 dead bodies were discovered in 4 separate cars, 3 of which were rigged with booby trap explosive devices. Only one of the three devices exploded.
The location of the discovery is less than 300 miles from Sochi.
As previously reported by Threat Journal, numerous bombing attacks have been carried out in recent weeks along with threats issued for the Winter Games.
Late this week, FBI Director James B. Comey said the bureau is dispatching several dozen agents to Russia to work with their intelligence services to help tighten security at the Games.
During an interview with reporters at FBI headquarters, Director Comey said the bureau remains concerned about security at large venues and events here in the U.S. as well. He stated that following last year’s multi-day terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya that killed more than 70 people, security at these venues have become a top concern of law enforcement officials across the United States.
Comey went on to say that the conflict in Syria has attracted so many people from so many places of so many motivations, including Americans, that it is an enormous challenge for all intelligence services, including the FBI, to identify the ones of bad intent, to figure out where they’re going, why they’re going and keep track of them.
New details about the assault on the Nairobi mall that led to fear worldwide about the Somalia-based Al Shabab reveal just how simple a plan it was to launch the worst terrorist attack to hit Kenya in 15 years.
Sources close to the investigation say there were as few as four attackers who escaped the Westgate Mall after the first day of the assault, not nearly as many as originally reported.
It was the bungled response of the Kenyan Defense Forces and lack of communication and coordination among security agencies that added to the carnage and kept terrified people trapped for four days.
NEW TERROR ALERT
On January 10, the Department of State issued an alert to U.S. citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia that they should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times.
“Large-scale public events such as the Olympics present an attractive target for terrorists. Russian authorities have indicated that they are taking appropriate security measures in Sochi in light of this. Acts of terrorism, including bombings and hostage takings, continue to occur in Russia, particularly in the North Caucasus region. Between October 15 and December 30, 2013, there were three suicide bombings targeting public transportation in the city of Volgograd (600 miles from Sochi), two of which occurred within the same 24-hour period. Other bombings over the past 10-15 years occurred at Russian government buildings, airports, hotels, tourist sites, markets, entertainment venues, schools, and residential complexes. There have also been large-scale attacks on public transportation including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights, in the same time period. In July 2013, Doku Umarov, the head of the Caucasus Emirate (an organization the United States designated as a terrorist organization in 2010, and known in Russian as the Imirat Kavkaz or IK) released a video message rescinding prior directions not to attack civilians and calling for attacks on the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Caucasus Emirate is responsible for many of the aforementioned attacks. The group has targeted civilians, as indirect supporters of the government, including through attacks on a ski resort, metro system, high-speed rail, airport, and a theater. Westerners have not specifically been targeted, but are viewed by IK as complicit in the Russian government’s efforts to control the North Caucasus region. “