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SOCHI, Russia - Russian officials attempted to provide assurances that the upcoming Sochi Olympics would be safe, telling reporters on Thursday that there were no real threats to the athletes or spectators.
The comments came amid heightened fears that militants could strike during Game, which start on February 7.
Over the weekend, militants who claimed responsibility for last month's suicide bombings that killed at least 34 people in the city of Volgograd have warned Russians that they faced more attacks if they didn’t rebel against President Vladimir Putin.
Russian security forces are hunting for at least five suspected terrorists – some of them so-called “black widows” – who may be plotting attacks against the Olympic torch relay or the games themselves.