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Metro bombings in Moscow scary for tourists, but rare
« on: March 29, 2010, 10:56:27 PM »
Moscow metro system targeted by extremists

Two subway stations attacked by female suicide bombers at Lubyanka and Park Kultury Metro Stations in central Moscow during rush hour killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 60 others, spawning widespread public outrage. The two bombings occurred at a busy time to inflict the most fear.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the "terrorists" responsible for the Moscow subway attacks Monday "will be destroyed."

"We are providing Moscow metro with additional CCTV cameras. Today's events show we should not only continue this work but to make it more effective. Changes in legislation may be necessary."

The first blast occurred at 7:56 a.m. at Lubyanka subway station, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported on its Web site. The Lubyanka station is near the Kremlin and Federal Security Service headquarters. The Federal Security Service is Russia's intelligence agency.

Another blast happened about 40 minutes later at Park Kultury station, on the same train line. Three Moscow hospitals were treating the wounded, the ministry said.

Millions of commuters use the Moscow metro system every day. An estimated 500,000 people were riding trains throughout the capital at the time of the attacks. It was unclear when the system would return to normal service, and the incident generated fear among commuters. | Forum