The Sochi Winter Olympics are in the news for all the wrong reasons and information that the wife of a dead militant, along with three other female terrorists, is preparing to target the games is unlikely to bring any positive press. The video shows militants claiming responsibility for last month's suicide bombings in Volgograd and threateningto target the Olympics. Now, Russian security officials’ hunt for the three potential female suicide bombers begins, one of whom is believed to be already in Sochi.
The video was posted online Sunday and shows two Russian-speaking men warning President Vladimir Putin to expect a "present" at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The U.S. military said Monday it will make provide air and naval support to the Russian government as it makes security preparations.
Police in Sochi have launched an urgent search for a possible female suicide bomber who may have already made it past the ring of security set up for the Olympic Games.
Posters with pictures and descriptions of a 22-year-old woman called Ruzanna Ibragimova from nearby Dagestan were distributed over the weekend by authorities and a similar flyer was also seen posted at Sochi's airport.
Photos of Ibragimova have also flooded the television and social media. Some describe her as a "black widow" -- a notorious type of terrorist that's emerged in Russia's clashes with Chechen separatists.
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She is described as having a 10 centimeter scar across the left cheek, a pronounced limp, and a stiff left arm that doesn't bend at the elbow.
Islamist militants have carried out a long string of attacks since President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000. They now confront him with his biggest security challenge, threatening to disrupt the Olympics that start in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 40 days.