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Security Being Stepped Up for Winter Olympics

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The countdown is certainly on for the Winter Olympics in Russia but as exciting of a time this can be, new reports of possible planned terrorist attacks are turning some of that excitement into concern.

Russian police say they shot and killed a wanted Islamic militant leader in the Northern Caucuses Region Tuesday. The area is a hotbed for Islamist militants planning attacks against the Sochi Winter Olympics, just over two weeks from now.

CBS News has learned one of the so-called "black widows" who may have been trained in suicide bombings was also killed in a weekend shootout with Russian authorities.

But police are still looking for others - including Ruzanna Ibragimova. Her husband, an Islamic militant, was killed last year by Russian security forces. Russian intelligence is warning that she, and at least one other black widow, may have already been dispatched to attack the games.

Juan Zarate served on former President George W. Bush's national security team and worked on security plans for several Olympics.

"Females don't attract as much attention as certain male suicide bombers or fighters, but I think now, with ramped up security in Sochi, females are going to get just as much scrutiny as males."

U.S. military sources say two Navy ships will patrol the nearby Black Sea in case Americans have to be evacuated from the games.

U.S. authorities are also concerned about the distances between hotels and venues for the games. They say traveling on buses to and from events could make American athletes and spectators more vulnerable to an attack.

The FBI will have about 40 agents stationed throughout Russia to help provide American security.

Written by Bob Orr, CBS News

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