Anti-terror sweep in Volgograd detains 700 people

The Moscow Times is reporting that police in Volgograd have detained more than 700 people in an anti-terror sweep following two apparent suicide bombings that killed at least 34 people, Interior Ministry officials said.

The city remained on high alert, with increased security at bus and rail stations and “total inspections” of cars and trains arriving in the region, the Volgograd City Hall said in a statement on Thursday.

Police have received more than 50 calls from residents reporting suspicious objects and possible threats, the regional Interior Ministry said. But Russia’s long New Year’s holidays, a period of traditional massive drunkenness, have also stoked macabre pranks.

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