Two Blasts Kill At Least 37 on Moscow's Subway System During Rush Hour …Update: Female Suicide Bombers Suspected
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The woman reporter at the news organization actually was riding the subway during the explosions.
She was an eye witness:
Two explosions blasted Moscow’s subway system Monday morning as it was jam-packed with rush-hour passengers, killing at least 37 people, emergency officials and news agencies said.
Russia’s top investigative body said terrorism is suspected in the blasts, although there was no immediate confirmation of how the explosions happened.
Moscow Emergency Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said the dead in the first blast on included 14 people inside the train and another 11 people on the platform at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow. The station is underneath the building that houses the main offices of the Federal Security Service, the KGB’s main successor agency.
A second explosion hit the Park Kultury station about 45 minutes later. City police spokesman Viktor Biryukov said at least 12 people were killed in that blast.
The last time Moscow was hit by a confirmed terrorist attack was in August 2004, when a suicide bomber blew herself up outside a city subway station, killing 10 people.
The headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is located just above Lubyanka station.
RIA Novosti photo
UPDATE: CNN is reporting that female suicide bombers are suspected to be behind the blasts.
Female suicide bombers detonated explosions that rocked two subway stations in central Moscow during rush hour on Monday morning, killing at least 35 people, officials said.
“It was a terrorist act carried out by the female suicide bombers,” said Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, citing Russia’s intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service. “They were specifically timed – for … the train was nearing the station – to make the most damage.
“The blast was caused by 300 to 400 grams of explosives,” he said.