Between January 19 – 22, 2014 AlertsUSA issued the following
related Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices:
Terrorist threats received by at least 5 Euro countries warning against partic in upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. Athletes said to be targeted. Monitoring.
What You Need to Know
On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices on the increasing terrorism threat to the Winter Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia slated to begin Feb 7th.
As of the time of this article’s preparation, Russian authorities were searching for at least 5 individuals believed to be suicide bombers preparing to attack during Olympic games. The group includes three women and two men.
On Sunday, Jan 19th, a video surfaced in which two men claimed responsibility for twin bombings last month in the Russian city of Volgograd, and vowed they had a “surprise” in store for Putin and Olympic tourists.
Additionally, it was revealed that the United States and at least five European countries had received messages containing terrorist threats ahead of the Games. The messages threatened that athletes will be targets for attack. United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun has confirmed they received one of the threatening messages.
The U.S. State Department is telling American athletes to avoid wearing team USA gear outside the competition venues. Logic would dictate this warning would be observed by American spectators attending the games. As unfortunate as it is, why mark yourself as a target of opportunity?
The Pentagon also announced this week that U.S. warships would be deployed to the Black Sea region to assist in the evacuation of Americans in the event terror attack, though officials have stressed that responsibility for security at the games rests with Russia.
AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the security situation with the Olympics and will immediately notify service subscribers of breaking developments and changes to the threat environment as events warrant.