Canada issues warning for travellers heading to Sochi

Sochi Olympic rings. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Sochi Olympic rings. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Daniel Proussalidis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Canadians heading to Sochi, Russia for a glimpse of Winter Olympic glory do so at their own risk, warns Canada's public safety minister.

"Large-scale international events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games present attractive targets for terrorists, including lone actors, and airports, border crossings and other sensitive areas remain particularly vulnerable," Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Saturday in a statement. "The decision to travel despite these concerns rests with the traveller, and such decisions should be considered carefully."

The 2014 Winter Olympics are set to take place in Feb. 7 to 23 mainly in Sochi, but also in the nearby resort town of Krasnaya Polyana - both in areas of Russia around the Black Sea that have been targeted by Islamist terrorists recently.

Earlier this month, an Islamist terror group took responsibility for last month's attacks in Volgograd, northeast of Sochi, which killed 34 people.


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