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UPDATE: Russia beefs up security after bombings kill 31

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian authorities are ordering an increase in security at train stations and other facilities around the country.

The move comes after a suicide bomber killed 14 people today in an attack on a bus in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days in the city that's just 400 miles from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Yesterday, 17 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a railway station. Russian authorities say they believe the same group carried out both attacks.

The heightened security comes as Russians prepare to celebrate the New Year, the nation's main holiday. In Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg, the local governor canceled a New Year's fireworks show.

Volgograd, which is northeast of the Olympic city of Sochi, serves as a key transport hub for southern Russia. There are a number of bus routes linking it to Russia's North Caucasus, where insurgents have been seeking an Islamic state.

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VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA (WKOW) -- Concern is growing about safety in Russia in the weeks leading up to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. At least 14 people are dead after the second deadly explosion in two days. The bus explosion occurred Monday morning in the Russian city of Volgograd.

A possible suicide bombing at a train station, Sunday, killed at least 17 people and injured more than 30 others. Russian Federal Investigators believe that both of these are acts of terrorism.

The bombings come several months after the leader of a Chechen Separatist Group pledged violence to disrupt the Winter Olympics. The Opening Ceremony in Sochi is less than 6 weeks away.

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