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Kidnapping threats against Austrian team raise security concerns in Sochi

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 - 01:39

Feb. 4 - Two members of Austria's Winter Olympic team receive threats of kidnapping, raising security concerns ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As Olympic athletes arrive in Sochi, security remains a top concern... especially for the Austrian team. Two members of their team recieved kidnap threats, triggering an investigation by counter-terrorism experts. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRIAN IOC CHIEF PETER MENNEL SAYING: "I talked to both athletes, one on the phone and one personally, before we left . She said I'm not afraid and I know we're in good hands with the NOC (National Olympic Committee). It is unknown who made the threats, but it's the latest incident in ongoing security concerns. A pair of suicide bombings in December in Volgograd increased safety worries. A video later followed in which an Islamist militant group claimed responsibility and threatened more violence. Back in the U.S., Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told a House Intelligence Committee Sochi security is their number one priority. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MATTHEW G. OLSEN, DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER, SAYING: "As you know, the primary threat from a terrorism perspective comes from Imarat Kavkaz, is probably the most prominent terrorist group in Russia. It's made its intent clear to seek to carry out attacks in the run-up to the games. We think the -- the greater danger from a terrorist perspective is in potential for attacks to occur outside of the actual venues of the games themselves in the area surrounding Sochi or outside of Sochi in the region." Russian and International Olympic Committee officials say the 6,000 athletes and several hundred thousand spectators will be safe.

Kidnapping threats against Austrian team raise security concerns in Sochi

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 - 01:39

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