Suicide Attacks in Moscow

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Subway Blasts Kill Dozens in Moscow


MOSCOW — Suicide bombers set off huge explosions during Monday morning’s rush hour in two subway stations in central Moscow, officials said, killing at least 35 people and raising fears that the Muslim insurgency in southern Russia was once again being brought to the country’s heart.
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Firefighters and Interior Ministry officers working near the entrance of the Lubyanka metro station after an explosion during rush hour in Moscow on Monday.

The attacks spread panic throughout the capital as people searched for missing relatives and friends and the authorities tried to determine whether more blasts were planned. The subway, known as the Metro, is one of the world’s most extensive, and it serves as a vital artery for Moscow’s commuters, carrying up to 10 million people a day.

“The terrorist acts were carried out by two female terrorist bombers,” said Moscow’s mayor, Yuri M. Luzhkov. “They occurred at a time when there would be the maximum number of victims.”

Mr. Luzhkov said 23 people were killed in the first explosion, at the Lubyanka station, and 12 people at the Park Kultury station.

Pavel Y. Novikov, 25, an electrician, said he was evacuated from the Park Kultury station about 15 minutes after the explosion. “It smelled like a burned rubber,” he said. “I saw blood, and I saw bloody clothes on the ground. It was so unpleasant.”The system had been subjected to several attacks related to the separatist war in Chechnya in the early part of the last decade.

Officials said the first explosion on Monday occurred at 7:50 a.m. in second car of a train at the Lubyanka station, killing people both on the platform and inside the train. Numerous others were injured.

The authorities closed off the station and the surrounding Lubyanka Square, formerly the site of the Lubyanka prison, which served as headquarters of the K.G.B., the Soviet-era secret police. The F.S.B., the principal successor to the K.G.B., now has its headquarters there.

About 40 minutes later the second attack took place, in the second car of a train at the Park Kultury station, officials said.

Yuri Syomin, the Moscow city prosecutor, said investigators believe that both explosions were set off by suicide bombers wearing belts packed with explosives.

Crowds of people rushed to both stations in an effort to locate relatives, and cell phone networks became overloaded. The roads were blocked with traffic as people avoided the subway system.

The attacks marked the second major upsurge in terrorism on the transportation system over the last year. In November, a bomb derailed a luxury train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg, killing 26 people. The authorities linked the attack to Muslim insurgents in the Ingushetia region, which is near Chechnya.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has sought to suppress a Muslim insurgency in the country’s south, in the Caucasus region, centered on Chechnya.

Two brutal wars in Chechnya and a guerrilla insurgency gave rise to numerous bombings and acts of terror in southern Russia throughout the 1990s. Starting in 2002, Chechen separatists then began to export their bombing campaign to Moscow.

That October, a group of Chechen terrorists stormed into a Moscow theater during a performance and took some 850 actors, musicians and theatergoers hostage. After 57 hours of negotiations, Russian special forces sent knockout gas into the building and then launched an assault, killing all the militants and 117 of the hostages.

About 20 of the militants involved the theater siege were women, and several were found to be wearing explosive vests. The following year, Chechen tacticians began using female suicide bombers in Moscow.

The first of those attacks came in July 2003, when the Russian authorities said a Chechen woman exploded a suicide belt at a rock concert, killing more than a dozen people. In what was to have been a coordinated attack, the police said, another woman’s explosives failed to detonate nearby.

In December 2003, a woman bomber blew herself up in central Moscow, killing six people and injuring dozens. She was identified as the widow of a Chechen guerrilla commander, and the female bombers soon came to be known in Russia as the “black widows.”

In September 2004, a suicide bomber killed at least 9 other people and wounded more than 50 outside the Rizhskaya subway stop. In February of that same year, a woman carrying a bomb destroyed another subway car, killing at least 41 people as the train moved between the Paveletskaya and the Avtozavodskaya stations at one of the busiest times of the day.
 

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terrorists are messing with the wrong country nothing has happened nothing will happen and nothin they will achieve because russia cares a damn about the terrorists cant they understand that
 

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Sh*t n****r motherf****ers ought to have a moab shoved up their arse and set themselves alight.

Death to all separatist [email protected] Long live Russland!
 

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AV, hope your friends will get well soon, so do the others that are injured.

Never forgive the terrorists, let the mark word be extermination; total, complete!

RIP to the innocents.
 

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R.I.P. and Avi I hope your comrades recover speedily along with the other wounded.

Apparently it happened right under the HQ of FSB. Don't terrorists know that they are doing nothing more than strengthening the resolve of those who will ultimately break their a** ? On top of all that, WOMEN ! It is sickening and utterly shameful. These animals are giving a bad name to those they supposedly are fighting for. I hope these bit**** are rotting in hell and I really hope their handlers are found, bound, and slowly tortured.
 

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These macho terrorist pigs are now sending their daughters to blow themselves up, what bravery and ideals.It's interesting to me because just yesterday a forum member showed me an article of chatter being picked up of terrorists experimenting with surgeries and breast implants containing explosive liquids specifically geared towards female suicide bombers. Guys it is high time that science caught up to terrorism or we will all be permanently paranoid on our morning commute.
 

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RIP to victims. I hope the terrorists and their cause get crushed by the Bear. Wrong country to mess with.
 

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R.I.P. to the Innocents. Horrible wankers, whatever they're doing it for, I hope the Russian government now crush the lot of them.
 

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Sad day indeed! Russia should not give up in its fight against these scum. They deserve no mercy and I am sure the perpetrators will be given a worthy exit from this world by the Russians soon enough. May God Give strength to the families to sail through this, may the people who died, Rest in Peace. God Speed
 

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History of explosions in Moscow metro


The last time an explosion in the Moscow subway boomed in 2004

The first explosion in the Moscow metro occurred in Soviet times. 8 January 1977 a train exploded an improvised explosive device, manufactured by Armenian separatists. Seven people were killed and 37 injured.
June 11, 1996 an explosion occurred at Temiryazevsko Serpukhovskoy-line between the stations "Tula" and "Half-artificial. Four people were killed, 12 were hospitalized.
January 1, 1998 - an explosion at the station "Tretyakov. The bomb was hidden in a purse. Victims of the bombings was no different injuring three people.
August 8, 2000 an explosion in the underpass near the station "Pushkinskaya" and "Tver". 13 people were killed, 118 injured.
February 5, 2001, at least 20 people were wounded in the explosion Clickon the station "Belarus" (ring). The dead was not.
February 6, 2004 - Pressexplosion at Zamoskvoretskaya line , between
the stations Avtozavodskaya and Paveletskaya. 40 people died, more than 130 injured.
August 31, 2004 suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance Clickon station "Riga" . 10 people were killed, 40 injured.

The total length of the Moscow metro is about 300 km. At the 12 lines are 180 stations.

According to the annual report for 2008 the Moscow subway was transported more than 2.5 billion passengers.
 

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MOSCOW, March 29 (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday ordered senior officials to fight terrorism "without hesitation, to the end," after female suicide bombers killed at least 37 people at two Moscow metro stations.

Medvedev said Russia will act without compromise to root out terrorists and ordered security to be boosted across the country. He said human rights must be respected during police operations, a Kremlin spokesman said.
 

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disturbing pictures watch it at your own disc..
 

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Jeez! any news who taking the responsibility? Are they definitely Chechens? or somebody else?

This is coward act, Russians won't react soft on this....
 

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@nrj, Website used by Chechen rebels claims responsibility for the attacks
 
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Unimaginable tragedy. Godspeed to the Injured, RIP to the Dead.

Idiot Chechens, Russia is going to tear a new one.
 

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Islamic terrorists based in Chechnya clearly. The whole reference to 'terrorists' and war on terror is a misnomer which I am hopeful people will stop using. It's like calling the war against Hitler the war againt Blitzkrieg or the war against panzers. Terror is a tactic of the worldwide Islamic jihad. That's the war, not against 'terror'.
 

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Most of the original Chechen separatists from the 90s are gone. They have either been killed, surrendered or have switched sides and joined the Russian military and are now fighting against terrorists. Basically almost all Chechens don't have any ambitions for an independent state anymore. There is no Russian military occupation, Chechen authorities are in control.

There are only a couple of hundred of these religious lunatics left. They're not even "fighting" for an independent Chechen state, they're "fighting" for their own self-proclaimed Islamic Caucasus Emirate that spans over the entire North Caucasus.
 

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our deepest condolences to the family friends and the entire nation of Russia. All along Russia has shown great resolve to fight against terrorist and i am certain that they will make those terrorist pay for their action.
 

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