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29 March 2010 :: 17:03:23 pm 16980

Suicide Bombers Wreak Havoc On Moscow Subway

Two female terrorist suicide bombers, self-styled ‘Black Widows’ have killed 35 and injured over 62 more, on the Moscow subway, blowing themselves up in the process. The first suicide bomber struck in the station under the headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), successor to the Soviet-era KGB, and close by the Kremlin.
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March 29, 2010, [Pattaya Daily News]: Twenty-three died in the first explosion both on the platform, which was jam-packed, and in the carriage, during the morning rush hour, at 07.56 (0356 GMT), as a train stood at the Central Lubyanka Station, and a 2nd blast devastated a train at Park Kultury Station, 40 minutes after, at 0838 (0438 GMT). The back of the train was targeted as the bomber with a belt strapped to her body, packed with plastic explosives, set it off as the train’s doors opened, killing a further 12 passengers. “The train was fully packed because there were fewer services after the Lubyanka blast. There were crowds of people inside,” according to the Times online. The BBC Russian Service’s Yuri Maloverian at Lubyanka station reported there are still ambulances on the scene although all the wounded have been taken to local hospitals.

Moscow’s metro system, one of the world’s most extensive and busiest in the world, with between 5-7 million passengers daily, was targeted by militants linked to the separatist insurgency in Chechnya earlier this century, including multiple suicide attacks in 2004 that killed dozens of people.

However, Moscow had enjoyed a break from terrorist attacks for the last six years. Recently, however, Muslim radicals resumed their attacks in the North Caucasus region, including in Chechnya and neighboring Dagestan. And in November, authorities blamed them for bombing and derailing a luxury train travelling between Moscow and St. Petersburg, which killed at least 26. In February, after Russian forces killed 20 militants in Ingushetia, Chechen rebel president, Doku Umarov, warned that “the zone of military operations will be extended to the territory of Russia… the war is coming to their cities, the BBC reported.

Many commuters have taken to other forms of transport after the blasts. The complete Metro system has been shut down and all local airports have been warned to step up security. Russian security officials are currently investigating the terrorist incidents.

Reporter: Taliesin Verity (Chief-Reporter)

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