Expert weighs in on Olympic terror threats

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN)- Millions of people are heading to Sochi for the Olympics.

As Russia takes center stage, terrorists threaten to attack the winter games.

Glen Duerr is an assistant professor of International Studies at Cedarville University.

He believes the chances of an attack are actually low.

“There’s massive amounts of security in Sochi, over 40,000 personnel.  So, let me put that in context.  Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002 was a few months after 9/11, had 13,000 security personnel.  More than three times that number are in Sochi,” explains Duerr.

US Officials warned Wednesday that terrorists may try to hide explosives in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes on flights heading to Russia.

Last month, an Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for suicide bombings that killed 34 people on a train and bus in another Russian city.  Those responsible said this was just the first wave.  The next attacks would bring a “surprise” to the Olympics.

“Dagestan and Ingushetia, they’re not typically talked too much about in western media but these are fairly volatile areas and very close to Sochi and there’s a desire potentially to make a political statement through a terrorist attack,” comments Duerr.

Duerr thinks terrorists may try to hit transportation again.

“I think that the Olympic games in the City of Sochii, as well as the mountains, I think that will be secure.  My fear is the soft targets.  That is the transportation areas around trains and buses in particular,” says Duerr. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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