A view taken on January 14, 2014 shows general view of the Olympic Park in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. AFP PHOTO / MIKHAIL MORDASOV
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Three members of the Russian security forces and four gunmen were killed in a shootout on Wednesday during a sweep for Islamist militants who have threatened to attack the Winter Olympics that begin in Sochi next month.After two suicide bombings in southern Russia last month, Moscow is on high security alert. President Vladimir Putin has staked much personal and political prestige on the success of the Games, and put security forces on combat footing in Sochi. Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said the dead militants included a man accused of carrying out a car bomb attack in the city of Pyatigorsk late last year which killed three people. At least 34 people were killed last month in the suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd.
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