At least 37 people were killed and 65 wounded on Monday when suicide bombers detonated explosives filled with bolts and iron rods on two packed Moscow metro trains during the morning rush hour, the worst attack in the Russian capital in six years, officials said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts but suspicion was likely to fall on groups from the North Caucasus, where the Kremlin is fighting a growing Islamist insurgency, ( the Cheechen Muslim terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda)..
The first blast just before 8 a.m. tore through the second carriage of a train as it stood at the Lubyanka metro station, close to FSB headquarters. It killed at least 23 people.
Another blast about 40 minutes later wrecked the second carriage of a train waiting at the Park Kultury metro station, killing 14 more people. "Two female terrorist suicide bombers carried out these bombings," Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov told reporters at Park Kultury metro station.
Surveillance camera footage posted on the Internet showed motionless bodies lying in Lubyanka station lobby and emergency workers treating victims. The Moscow metro system is one of the world's busiest, carrying about 7 million passengers on an average workday, and is a key element in running the sprawling and traffic-choked city.
Two Female Muslim suicide bombers detonated explosive bomb bags filled with bolts and iron rods.
Service on the Red Line, on which both stations are located, has been suspended from Park Kultury to Komsomolskaya. Passengers, many of them in tears, streamed out of the station, one man exclaiming over and over "This is how we live!"
I was in the middle of the train when somewhere in the first or second carriage there was a loud blast. I felt the vibrations reverberate through my body," an unidentified man who was on the train at Park Kultury told RIA-Novosti in a video interview.
"People were yelling like hell," he said. "There was a lot of smoke, and in about two minutes everything was covered in smoke." "I was moving up on the escalator when I heard a loud bang, a blast. A door near the passage way arched, was ripped out and a cloud of dust came down on the escalator," a man named Alexei told state-run Rossiya 24 news channel.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, speaking from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, vowed to punish those responsible for the attacks. "A crime that is terrible in its consequences and heinous in its manner has been committed," Putin said at the start of a video conference with senior emergency officials. "I am confident that law enforcement bodies will spare no effort to track down and punish the criminals. Terrorists will be destroyed," he said.
President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday ordered senior officials to fight terrorism "without hesitation, to the end." Medvedev said Russia will act without compromise to root out terrorists and ordered security to be boosted across the country. He said human rights must be respected during police operations, a Kremlin spokesman said.
The current death toll makes it the worst attack on Moscow since February 2004, when a suicide bombing killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 100 on a metro train. Chechen separatists were blamed for that attack (Muslim Terrorists).
Russian police have killed several Islamic militant leaders in the North Caucasus recently, including one last week in the Kabardino-Balkariya region. The killing of Anzor Astemirov was mourned by contributors to two al-Qaida-affiliated web sites. The killings have raised fears of retaliatory strikes by the militants.
In February, Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov warned in an interview on a rebel-affiliated web site that "the zone of military operations will be extended to the territory of Russia ... the war is coming to their cities."
Umarov also claimed that his fighters were responsible for the November bombing of the Nevsky Express passenger train that killed 26 people en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg, more from this source.......
See my prior post; Saturday, November 28, 2009, BBC NEWS..’Bomb’ caused Russian train crash, 39 dead, Russia’s Problem: the Chechen MuslimTerrorists, Russia is under assault by Islamic terrorists.
BBC NEWS..’Bomb’ caused Russian train crash, 39 dead, Russia’s Problem: the Chechen MuslimTerrorists, Russia is under assault by Islamic terrorists. A bomb blast caused the derailment of a Russian express train, killing at least 26 people, intelligence officials say.
The Nevsky Express derailed in remote countryside on Friday night as the train travelled between the capital Moscow and St Petersburg. Investigators found “elements of an explosive device” at the scene, the Russia’s federal investigative committee said in a statement. A senior intelligence official said a bomb had derailed the locomotive.
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