Two explosions in two subway stations in Moscow killed at least 36 people, injured 40 and caused panic among the population. The first blast happened at the city’s central Lubyanka station (0,5 km from Kremlin), reports quoting security sources said. A second explosion happened at the Park Kultury station, Russian news agency Tass reported. The headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), is located just above the station. Moscow’s Metro is the busiest in the world, with millions of passengers. The two explosions occurred at intervals of 45 minutes – time that federal authorities have demonstrated a serious breach in security system and the inability to intervene effectively.
According to early official statements, both explosions are the result of suicide bombings. Russian Police sources said that the both explosion was triggered by a women suicide bombers. The state of most victims is grave, told RIA Novosti quoting source in the medical circles of the city. “In place of duty for more than 30 teams of the ambulance, nearby hospitals and emergencies centers work only for reception of victims” – said the source. Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said that efforts are made to normalize surface transport and traffic resumed in central Moscow is now blocked. The Moscow attack scenario reminds us of the series of attacks on London subway. And is a sure sign that Islamic fundamentalism in Russia is at a new critical level and mode of operation. Moscow has experienced such an episode in February 2004, when 39 people died and over 100 were injured. When Chechen rebels have been held responsible. Now, the immediate suspicion was that this was the work of insurgents from Russia’s unstable North Caucuses launching a symbolic and devastating attack against the Russian state. Russia’s security forces and intelligence agencies – both local and federal, have been waging a brutal campaign against Islamist insurgents in the violence-torn republics of Ingushetia, Chechnya and Agastarn.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is in Krasnoyarsk on a working visit. “At the moment he receives detailed information from law enforcement and social services about the progress of victim assistance” – told spokesman Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov. Interior Ministry said 700 troops are patrolling the streets of Moscow. Also, President Dmitry Medvedev met with from the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, the heads of Ministry of Emergency Situations, Sergei Shoigu and Health Minister Tatyana Golikova and heard report about measures to assist the injured and the investigation of terrorist attacks in the Moscow subway.