(QHA) - The U.S. government is concerned terrorists may be preparing attacks aimed at disrupting the Winter Olympic games in Sochi in February and has offered closer cooperation with Russia on security, VOA reports. One militant group had issued explicit direct threats to disrupt the Olympics, a State Department official said. As reported earlier, two bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd over the last two days, one at the city's central railway station and another on a bus, killed dozens of people and raised anxieties about the safety of the Olympics. U.S. officials said U.S. and Russian authorities have engaged in extensive contacts regarding security preparations for the Games. The United States is expected to share with Russia information it might collect about possible threats to the Games. “We're taking lots of security precautions” related to the Winter Games, a U.S. State Department official said.

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