The black widows are group of women suicide bombers who are believed to threaten the Sochi Olympics.
In a related story from The Inquisitr, two Russian Islamics threatened the 2014 Winter Olympics in a video:
“We’ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who’ll come over. If you will hold the Olympics, you’ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that’s been spilled.”
These two men are believed to be dead already from successfully setting off twin suicide bombs at Volgograd. While the nature of the threat wasn’t specified, authorities believe a group of women dubbed as the black widows will try to sneak into the Sochi Olympics as suicide bombers. These women are apparently the wives of dead terrorists and thus have nothing to lose.
Ruzanna Ibragimova, whose husband was killed during a shootout with police, is one of the black widows being sought by police. The description released mentions a facial scar on the left cheek, a pronounced limp, and a stiff left arm that won’t bend at the elbow.
The total number of black widows is believed to be four. Russian police believe Zaira Alieva, Jhannet Tsakhaeva, and Oksana Aslanova, are planning a terrorist attack between Tuesday and Thursday in order to disrupt the travel of the Olympic torch at the city of Rostov-on-Don. Unfortunately, what makes them so deadly is that they don’t fit the stereotype of an Islamic terrorist and they can easily change their appearance with makeup and clothing:
“It is possible the terrorists may use ordinary clothing… which allow them not to stand out from surrounding people and to be able to infiltrate into places with mass gatherings without hindrance.”
Evan Kohlmann, a NBC News terrorism analyst, says the Russians believe a tourist disguise is most likely how the black widows will choose to infiltrate the crowds:
“They are going to make themselves look very ordinary and they are not going to stick out from the crowd. The wanted posters underscore the fact that this ‘ring of steel’ is nothing like a ring of steel and suggested there were gaping holes in security right now in Sochi. It’s very clear there are groups of individuals from the North Caucusus that are determined to make a statement on the international stage, and it’s very difficult to imagine they’re going to allow this opportunity to pass without taking advantage of it.”
But Russian President Vladimir Putin insists that tourists will be “perfectly safe” from the threat posed by the black widows:
“Russia has a perfect understanding of the threat and how to stop it. We will try to make certain that the security measures are not intrusive or too conspicuous, so they are not too noticeable for the athletes, the Olympics’ guests or journalists. But at the same time, we will do our utmost to ensure that they are effective. Security is to be ensured by some 40,000 law enforcement and special services officers.”
Do you think it’s wise to continue the 2014 Sochi Olympics despite the terrorist threat posed by the black widows?