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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suspect in Volgograd Bombings Killed, Investigators Say

MAKHACHKALA — Russian security forces on Wednesday killed a militant who may have helped to train the two suicide bombers who struck the southern city of Volgograd, investigators said.

The bombings of a train station and an electric trolleybus in late December killed 34 people and heightened security fears ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics, which begin on Friday.

Security forces on Wednesday surrounded a group of militants who had holed up in the Dagestani town of Izberbash, said Rasul Temirbekov, an Investigative Committee spokesman.

In an exchange of gunfire, security forces killed 30-year-old Dzhamaldin Mirzayev, who was suspected of having been involved in training the bombers and sending them to Volgograd, Temirbekov said.