Militants: We Have a 'Present' for Olympic Visitors

Threat sparks Sochi security fears
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2014 12:09 AM CST
Updated Jan 20, 2014 6:03 AM CST
Militants: We Have 'Present' Ready for Olympic Visitors
The two men in the video stood in front of a banner with a religious verse associated with al-Qaeda.   (YouTube)

A chilling threat for visitors to next month's Sochi Olympics: Islamic militants say they have a "present" ready for those attending the Games in southern Russia. The threat was made in a video that surfaced yesterday, sparking serious security fears with the event less than three weeks away, CNN reports. "We've prepared a present for you and all tourists who'll come over," two black-clad men say in the video. "If you will hold the Olympics, you'll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that's been spilled.

The two men are believed to be suicide bombers who blew themselves up in last month's Volgograd attacks, killing 34 people. Russian and American authorities are analyzing the video and while it's not clear whether it presents a credible security threat, US lawmakers have expressed concern about Russia's ability to protect athletes, USA Today reports. Some American athletes, however, say they have full confidence in Russia's security measures. "Putin is not going to compromise security. This is his baby," speedskater Patrick Meek said after the Volgograd bombings. Click for more on Russia's intense security measures. (More 2014 Sochi Olympics stories.)

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