The Dagestani branch of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus posted a communiqué from a group calling themselves the "Ansar al-Sunnah" threatening additional attacks against Russia and distributed a video purporting to show the suicide bombers who carried out the December 29 and 30, 2013 attacks in Volgograd, Russia.

Both items were distributed to a Russian-language jihadi website on January 18, 2014.

The Russian-language communiqué from "Ansar al-Sunnah" stated that as Doku Umarov, leader of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, had lifted restrictions on jihadi attacks, additional violence against Russians would continue as long as Russian forces remains in the Caucasus.

Several hours after the communiqué was released, a video claiming to show the bombers before the attacks was featured by the jihadi site. The 49-minute video opens by showing fighters preparing the explosives and demonstrating the use of a hand-held detonator. Continuing, it featured footage of the two alleged bombers describing their motivations and concluded with images of the aftermath of the operations. An image of the explosives preparation follows:

Volgograd1The December 2013 attacks targeted a train station and trolley bus in the southern Russian city, killing 34 people, followed two months after a suicide bombing against a Volgograd bus.

A translation of the video and statement is forthcoming.


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