Hungary: Nations get threat about Sochi attacks

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Hungary’s Olympic Committee says it has received an email message written in Russian and English threatening its athletes with terrorist attacks at the Sochi Olympic Games.

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A photo of a police leaflet seen in a Sochi hotel on Tuesday, depicting Dzhannet Tsakhayeva, right, and Zaira Aliyeva. Russian security officials are hunting down three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will begin next month.

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The International Olympic Committee confirmed there was a message but downplayed the severity of it.

Bence Szabo, secretary general of the Hungarian Olympic committee, told the sports daily Nemzeti Sport on Wednesday that the message also urged the Hungarian delegation to stay away from the Winter Games, which run from Feb. 7-23.

Committee President Zsolt Borkai told the state news wire MTI that other countries’ Olympic committees had also received similar messages and that the IOC, Sochi organizers and Hungarian security forces had been informed.[Read more]