понедельник, 29 марта 2010 г.
Two blasts in Moscow Metro
Two explosions have rocked the Moscow Metro this morning, claiming dozens of dead and injured.
The first explosion happened in a carriage at the central Lubyanka underground station at 07:56, informs RIA Novosti news agency.
The second blast happened at the Park Kultury Metro station also in a carriage of a train at 08:39.
Russia's Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika has officially announced that 37 people died in the two terrorist acts this morning.
RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko, STF
Russian news agency Interfax quoted an unnamed source in Russian law enforcement structures as saying that the attacks were carried out by female suicide members. The source said that this conclusion can be drawn from the type of damage inflicted upon the exploded Metro carriages. Preliminary reports say that body fragments of the attackers have already been found, the source added.
According to Russia’s Emergency Ministry, the first explosion presumably happened in the second carriage of a Metro train stopped at the Lubyanka station in the very center of Moscow, only several hundred meters from the Kremlin. At 9:30 am Moscow time, the Emergencies Ministry gave the number of casualties as 20 to 25 killed and 17 wounded on Lubyanka station, and 12 to 15 killed and over 20 wounded at Park Kultury station.
Rescuers and police are working at both scenes.
The explosions happened during rush hour. Both Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations are very busy interchange stations, with many people there at any given time, particularly on Monday morning.
According to preliminary data, the explosions were carried out by suicide bombers with about four kilograms of TNT at Lubyanka station and two kilos of TNT at Park Kultury Metro station, informed Moscow’s Prosecutor General.
Meanwhile, all train services have been suspended on the Moscow Metro system for the time being, with security services on high alert.
Mobile telephone networks in Moscow are overloaded.
A criminal investigation into a terrorist act has been initiated.
Lubyanka station (image from CCTV)