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Terrorist threat to Hungarian Olympic athletes: Stay home

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Fears of a possible terrorist attack against athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi have hit home: In today’s edition of local sports news daily Nemzeti Sport, Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) secretary-general Bence Szabó is quoted as saying he received a bilingual Russian/English email message warning the nation’s athletes to stay away from the competition.

The specific contents of the email were not revealed

Committee President Zsolt Borkai assured that the appropriate security and sports authorities had been alerted and that the International Olympic Committee confirmed that other countries’ national sport organizations had received a similar threat.

US and international authorities recently made it known that a manhunt is on for the “Black Widows,” three women who reportedly have orchestrated a number of suicide bombings in Russia.

The women are possible suspects in connection with two December bombings in Volgograd; last weekend, a video featuring the perpetrators of the suicide mission made the rounds on the internet after its posting to an “Islamist” website. Within, the two promise that “We’ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who’ll come over. If you [hold] the Olympics, you’ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that’s been spilled.”

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