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Olympic security a big concern

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LARGO, FL (WFLA) - In sharp contrast to the celebration surrounding the arrival of the Olympic torch in Volgograd,  a newly-surfaced video on a web site is causing concern.

It shows two men, believed to be the suicide bombers behind bus and train station explosions.  They promise a "present" for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. 

"There's definitely reasons to be concerned given the nature of the sources of the threats that we have right now," said Craig Gundry of Critical Intervention Services in Largo, Pinellas County.  Gundry points to the female suicide bombers, one called "black widow", who is believed to be in the Sochi area, waiting to strike. 

Gundry warns terrorists who have carried out attacks in the past could be preparing more.

"If I was traveling over there, I'd be using heightened security measures as far as being aware of my environment," Gundry said.  "Things like knowing exits and what to do in the even of an emergency, where to evacuate if something was to, in fact occur."

Gundry said the groups, including Chechnian nationals, are capable of armed occupation, hostage situations, and other types of violence.   U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan said Russian leaders know they must react.

"They've now moved some 30,000 armed troops down to the region. That tells you that their level of concern is great, but we don't seem to be getting all of the information we need to protect our athletes in the games," said Rep. Rogers.

Craig Gundry says sending in troops isn't enough.

"Really, at the end of the day, this is an intelligence problem," said Gundry.  "And it's really gonna be up to the Russian internal security services to try and identify those plots that are underway, and those actors that may be planning something in the works."

The Winter Olympic Games begin February 6th.  Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised everyone will be safe.

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