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January 13, 2014

A look at what others are saying

The following are excerpts from editorials published in other newspapers across New England:

Americans shuddered at news of the horrific twin suicide bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad. The first bomb killed 17 at the city’s train station. The second, a day later, blew up a trolley, killing 14.

Our hearts go out to the victims’ families. Americans feel a sense of solidarity in revulsion to brutality. We trust that U.S. intelligence services will reciprocate the assistance offered by their Russian counterparts after last year’s Boston Marathon bombing. The alleged perpetrators were Russian émigrés with ties to terrorist groups in the same violent region east of the Black Sea, where Sunday’s attacks are widely believed to have originated.

No group has claimed responsibility, but the style of the attacks is said to point to separatist organizations in the Caucasus region, east of Volgograd. The city is a transportation hub 400 miles north of Sochi, Russia, a resort city on the Black Sea where the Winter Olympics start in six weeks.

Security arrangements there are already intense. Observers suspect that Volgograd may be a target — another suicide bombing rocked the city earlier this year — because it is the gateway to the Sochi area. Another factor may the city’s deep symbolic importance to Russians.

Stalingrad is where the Soviet Union repulsed Hitler’s armies during World War II, achieving the nation’s greatest military victory since its defeat of Napoleon outside of Moscow in 1812.

Attacks on innocent civilians are evil regardless of the motive, and despite the recent frost in relations between the U.S. and Russia under the latter’s odious President Vladimir Putin, Americans should offer whatever assistance we can in bringing the bombers to justice and succoring the victims of their crime.

— The Providence (R.I.) Journal

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