Russian city cancels New Year's celebrations

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VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) - One student in the Russian city of Volgograd says with all of the police and troops in the streets, it's as if "a war has started."

Police wearing body armor are watching pedestrians, while soldiers stand guard at bus stops in a city that saw deadly suicide bomb attacks on Sunday and Monday that killed 34 people.

Officers and security guards have been carefully searching the purses of young women entering a shopping center. They've been waving metal detectors over men and women. Authorities in the city have canceled New Year's Eve celebrations and have asked residents not to set off fireworks.

There's been no claim of responsibility for the attacks, but suspicion falls strongly on Islamist insurgents whose leader pledged to try to derail the Winter Olympics. They start in less than six weeks, in a city 400 miles from where the attacks took place.

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