At least 37 people have been killed and 33 wounded after suicide bombers detonated explosives on two Moscow metro trains during the morning rush hour, officials stated.
No group(s) or person(s) immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts.
The first blast, just before 8am ,exploded on the second carriage of a train as it stood at the Lubyanka metro station, close to the headquarters of Russia’s main domestic security service FSB.
It killed at least 23 people.
Another blast about 40 minutes later went off on the second carriage of a train waiting at the Park Kultury metro station, killing 14 more people.
‘Two female terrorist suicide bombers carried out these bombings,’ Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov told reporters at Park Kultury metro station, according to Reuters.
Russian prosecutors said they had opened an investigation.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was being updated regularly on developments, a spokesman said.
The current death toll makes it the worst attack on Moscow since February 2004, when a suicide bombing killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 100 on a metro train.
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“Two female terrorist suicide bombers carried out these bombings,” Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov told reporters at Park Kultury metro station. – Reuters