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FBI director: 2 dozen agents will be in Sochi

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — FBI Director James Comey says at least two dozen agents are going to Sochi in case they are needed during the Winter Games.

Comey told reporters in Albuquerque, N.M., that he spoke to Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian Federal Security Service, on Friday. He said the FBI is in constant contact with Russian authorities as the games approach.

Islamic militants in the Caucasus have threatened to derail the Winter Games that run from Feb. 7-23. Security experts warn the militants in the Caucasus could achieve their goal by choosing soft targets away from the Olympic sites or even outside Sochi.

Some have raised the possibility that jihadists could have infiltrated Sochi long before security was tightened.

Comey says Russian authorities face a serious threat and he wants the FBI to be ready to help.