Russian ski area attacks

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In the North Caucasus region, several of Russia’s popular ski resorts in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria were closed in February after a series of attacks by terrorists near Mt. Elbrus.

Three people were killed and two injured when a minibus on its way to a Mt. Elbrus resort was stopped by five men claiming to be police, who then opened fire. A support tower for ski gondolas was blown up, causing one gondola to fall; its four passengers received minor injuries. A policeman and a local official were shot and killed, and an explosives-filled car was discovered outside a hotel.

The attacks have been attributed to separatists desiring a Muslim state in the North Caucasus, the same group accused of exploding a bomb at the Moscow airport in January.

Mt. Elbrus is about 200 kilometers east of the port city of Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Olympic ski events are to be held in the Caucasus range about 50 kilometers east of Sochi, but if that area fails to have enough snow, Mt. Elbrus is the reserve site.

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In the North Caucasus region, several of Russia’s popular ski resorts in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria were closed in February after a series of attacks by terrorists near Mt. Elbrus.

Three people were killed and two injured when a minibus on its way to a Mt. Elbrus resort was stopped by five men claiming to be police, who then opened fire. A support tower for ski gondolas was blown up, causing one gondola to fall; its four passengers received minor injuries. A policeman and a local official were shot and killed, and an explosives-filled car was discovered outside a hotel.

The attacks have been attributed to separatists desiring a Muslim state in the North Caucasus, the same group accused of exploding a bomb at the Moscow airport in January.

Mt. Elbrus is about 200 kilometers east of the port city of Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Olympic ski events are to be held in the Caucasus range about 50 kilometers east of Sochi, but if that area fails to have enough snow, Mt. Elbrus is the reserve site.