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16 die in suicide bombing at railway station in southern Russia

Sunday - 12/29/2013, 4:30pm  ET

MOSCOW (AP) -- A number of details remain unclear, but at least 16 people are dead and scores more wounded after a suicide bombing at a railway station in southern Russia.

The casualties include the bomber, who officials initially said was a woman. But the Interfax news agency later quoted law enforcement agents as saying that surveillance footage indicated that the bomber was a man.

The attack took place in Volgograd, which lies close to the volatile Caucasus provinces.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but it comes several months after a Chechen rebel leader (Doku Umarov) called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Winter Olympics set for February in Sochi (SOH'-chee).

Russia has been hit by suicide bombings for years, but most have been in the North Caucasus, the center of an insurgency seeking an Islamist state in the region.

Until recently Volgograd was not a typical target, but the transportation hub has now been struck twice in two months.

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139-c-15-(Vladimir Isachenkov (ee-sah-CHEHN'-kawf), AP correspondent)-"open in February"-AP correspondent Vladimir Isachenkov reports 16 people died and many were wounded as a suicide bomber struck at a railway station in southern Russia, raising fears about terror attacks ahead of the Winter Olympic Games. (29 Dec 2013)

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140-c-16-(Vladimir Isachenkov (ee-sah-CHEHN'-kawf), AP correspondent)-"at that moment"-AP correspondent Vladimir Isachenkov reports officials think the bombing occurred close to the station's main entrance. (29 Dec 2013)

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141-c-11-(Vladimir Isachenkov (ee-sah-CHEHN'-kawf), AP correspondent)-"the Sochi Games"-AP correspondent Vladimir Isachenkov reports Chechen rebels have vowed to increase terror attacks ahead of the February Winter Olympics. ((watch for dating)) (29 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO GFX0948: Locates Volgograd, Russia, where a suicide bomber attacked a railway station; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm; (29 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO MOSB110: In this photo made by a public camera and made available by the Associated Press Television News smoke pours out after an explosion at Volgograd railway station, in Volograd Russia on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. More then a dozen people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February's Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. (AP Photo/ Associated Press Television News) (29 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO MOSB103: In this photo taken on a cell phone, made available by Volgograd Mayor's Office, bodies lie at an entrance to Volgograd railway station, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. More then a dozen people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February's Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. (AP Photo/Nikita Baryshev,Volgograd Mayor's Office Handout) (29 Dec 2013)

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