Monday, March 29, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: MOSCOW SUBWAY EXPLOSIONS

TERRORISM SUSPECTED

1:30 AM UPDATE: AT LEAST 41 KILLED. TWO BLASTS CONFIRMED.

Death toll in explosion at Moscow's central Lubyanka metro station rises to 25--TASS, quoting Emergency Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova.

The huge blast occurred at 7:50 AM on Monday, during rush hour, when thousands of passengers were packed onto trains.

Andrianova says the dead include 14 people who were in the train's second car where the blast occurred and 11 people who were waiting on the platform of the station.

A second explosion happened at the Park Kultury station, about 40 minutes later, Russian news agency Tass reported.

Suicide Bombings Suspected

Interfax says the blasts may have been caused by suicide bombers.

The headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is located just above the Lubyanka station.

Today's explosions follow the Islamist bombing of the Nevsky Express passenger train last November, which killed 27 people and injured 90.

As China Confidential reported in December, the bombing of the Nevsky, a Moscow-Saint Petersburg luxury train that is popular with businesspeople and tourists, raised fears of a resurgence of Islamist terrorist attacks in Moscow and other major cities.

Russia was hit hard by Islamist terrorism in the 1990s and the early years of this decade, but the violence has largely been confined to the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region since 2004.

Sixty people were injured in an attack on the Nevsky Express in August 2007. Fifteen people were injured in the 2005 bombing of a train headed to Moscow from Chechnya, and a suicide attack in the Moscow metro killed 41 and injured approximately 120 in 2004.


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