Twin Bombs Kill Dozens on Moscow Subway
Rush Hour Blasts on Moscow Subway Kill at Least 38; Female Suicide Bombers Blamed
By ALEXANDER MARQUARDT and AMMU KANNAMPILLY
MOSCOW, March 29, 2010
Twin bomb blasts allegedly detonated by female bombers ripped through Moscow's subway system at the height of rush hour this morning, killing at least 38 people, according to Russian emergency officials.
Dozens of commuters are killed in twin attacks on packed subway system.
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov told reporters that "two female suicide bombers were involved" in the attacks, which struck central Metro stations Lubyanka and Park Kultury at 7:56 a.m. and 8:39 a.m. local time.
"According to preliminary information [...] about 40 people have been injured" in the blasts, Luzhkov said.
Witnesses told Reuters news agency that people struggled to escape from the two stations, as thick smoke flooded the underground.
"I was in the middle of the train when somewhere in the first or second carriage there was a loud blast. I felt the vibrations reverberate through my body," an unidentified man at Park Kultury told the RIA news agency.
"People were yelling like hell," he said. "There was a lot of smoke and in about two minutes everything was covered in smoke."
According to the BBC, emergency crews were fighting traffic to get to the injured. News channel Russia Today reported that some of the wounded were being evacuated by helicopters because of the blocked roads.
According to Reuters, surveillance television footage posted online from the Lubyanka station lobby showed several bodies lying on the floor or collapsed against the wall as emergency workers tried to treat the injured.
"I was moving up on the escalator when I heard a loud bang, a blast. A door near the passage way arched, was ripped out and a cloud of dust came down on the escalator," a man named Alexei told the state-run Rossiya 24 television channel.
"People started running, panicking, falling on each other," he said.