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  • A women puts a flower outside a wreckage of a trolleybus in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

    A women puts a flower outside a wreckage of a trolleybus in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

  • Flowers and toys are placed at the site of a trolleybus bombing in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

    Flowers and toys are placed at the site of a trolleybus bombing in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

  • A Volgograd resident walks crying in Volgograd, Russia early Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. A bomb blast tore through a trolleybus in the city of Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people a day after a suicide bombing that killed at least 17 at the city's main railway station. Volgograd is about 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

    A Volgograd resident walks crying in Volgograd, Russia early Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. A bomb blast tore through a trolleybus in the city of Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people a day after a suicide bombing that killed at least 17 at the city's main railway station. Volgograd is about 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

  • Russian soldiers patrol the Battle of Stalingrad memorial in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

    Russian soldiers patrol the Battle of Stalingrad memorial in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin toasts during a New Year dinner in Khabarovsk, Russia's Far East, Tuesday, Dec.  31, 2013.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin toasts during a New Year dinner in Khabarovsk, Russia's Far East, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

  • A woman cries after laying flowers outside the Volgograd main railway station that was attacked by a suicide bomber Sunday, killing 17 people, including the attacker, in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after another suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

    A woman cries after laying flowers outside the Volgograd main railway station that was attacked by a suicide bomber Sunday, killing 17 people, including the attacker, in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after another suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

  • Women speak outside a wreckage of a trolleybus in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Thousands of police officers and paramilitary forces are on duty in  the city, which is reeling from two suicide bombings in two days that killed 33 people and raised fears that a terrorist campaign may have begun that could stretch into the Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

    Women speak outside a wreckage of a trolleybus in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Thousands of police officers and paramilitary forces are on duty in the city, which is reeling from two suicide bombings in two days that killed 33 people and raised fears that a terrorist campaign may have begun that could stretch into the Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

  • A boy passes candles and flowers laid for victims at an entrance to Volgograd main railway station after a deadly attack by a suicide bomber, in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd.It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

    A boy passes candles and flowers laid for victims at an entrance to Volgograd main railway station after a deadly attack by a suicide bomber, in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd.It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

  • A women puts a flower outside a wreckage of a trolleybus in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
  • Flowers and toys are placed at the site of a trolleybus bombing in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
  • A Volgograd resident walks crying in Volgograd, Russia early Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. A bomb blast tore through a trolleybus in the city of Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people a day after a suicide bombing that killed at least 17 at the city's main railway station. Volgograd is about 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
  • Russian soldiers patrol the Battle of Stalingrad memorial in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin toasts during a New Year dinner in Khabarovsk, Russia's Far East, Tuesday, Dec.  31, 2013.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
  • A woman cries after laying flowers outside the Volgograd main railway station that was attacked by a suicide bomber Sunday, killing 17 people, including the attacker, in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after another suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
  • Women speak outside a wreckage of a trolleybus in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Thousands of police officers and paramilitary forces are on duty in  the city, which is reeling from two suicide bombings in two days that killed 33 people and raised fears that a terrorist campaign may have begun that could stretch into the Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
  • A boy passes candles and flowers laid for victims at an entrance to Volgograd main railway station after a deadly attack by a suicide bomber, in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd.It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Eerily empty buses lumbered through the streets, police weighed down with body armor warily watched pedestrians near a fast-food restaurant, and members of Cossack units stood guard at bus stops. Volgograd was an ominous and jittery city Tuesday after two suicide bombings in two days killed 34 people.

Volgograd authorities canceled mass events for New Year’s Eve, one of Russia’s most popular holidays, and asked residents not to set off fireworks. All movie theaters were closed until Thursday.

“People are afraid it will happen again. They’re trying not to go outside if they don’t have to,” said 20-year-old Yulia Kuzmina, a student. “We get a feeling that a war has started.”

That is a worry that extends far beyond Volgograd.

Although there has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing of the city’s main railway station and a trolley bus, suspicion has fallen on Islamist insurgents, whose leader ordered his adherents over the summer to do all they could to derail the Winter Olympics, which start Feb. 7 in the Russian resort city of Sochi.

Olympic organizers have introduced some of the most extensive identity checks and other security measures ever seen at an international sporting event. But even if security at the Games is tight, many analysts suggest that the Volgograd bombings show how public transit in Sochi and sites away from the sports venues are vulnerable.

Police reinforcements and Interior Ministry troops have been sent into Volgograd, regional police official Andrei Pilipchuk was quoted as telling the Interfax news agency. He said more than 5,200 security forces are deployed in the city of 1 million, but did not say how much of an increase that was from normal levels.

Officers and security guards searched the purses of young women entering a shopping center and waved metal detectors over both males and females.

President Vladimir Putin, in his New Year’s Eve address to the nation, vowed that the fight against terrorists will continue “until their destruction is complete,” Russian news agencies reported.

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