Terror bombing leaves 39 people dead and 71 people injured in Moscow, Russia
by Brian Lapuz
Two suicide bombers attacked the Moscow Metro on Monday morning, killing 39 people and wounding 71 others, including children, reported Al Jazeera.
There is currently no confirmation on the people behind the attacks, but Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and other officials believe separatist rebels from Chechnya and Ingushetia, in the North Caucasus region, are responsible.
“Fragments of the bodies of two female suicide bombers were found at the scene of the incident,” said Alexander Bortnikov, FSB chief, on Russian television. “According to preliminary information, these people had links to places of residence in the Northern Caucasus.”
According to the BBC, the first explosion happened right before 8 a.m. Moscow Time at the Lubyanka metro station and the second followed 40 minutes later, six stations away, at Park Kultury metro station, which are both of walking distance of the Kremlin. The metro system, which services 5.5 million people a day, was closed after the second bombing and was reopened for the evening rush hour.
An eyewitness named Alexei told his story to the Russian TV channel Rossiya 24.
“I was moving up on the escalator when I heard a loud bang, a blast,” said the eyewitness. “People started running, panicking, falling on each other.”
“They are animals. I have no doubt that we will find and destroy them all [the terrorists],” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.
Taxi drivers in Moscow took advantage of the situation, charging 4,000 rubles, roughly $140 for a ride.
Lord Frank Judd, having recently visited Chechnya on behalf of the UK parliament for a human rights fact-finding mission, spoke to the BBC, on Monday, and blamed Russia’s human rights record.
“The attack today was wicked […] If the human rights situation is bad, the opportunity for terrorists to operate and to win new recruits is greater,” Judd said.
The Kremlin declared Tuesday as a day of mourning for the victims and many left flowers at the site of the explosions.
The last time Moscow was under attack was in 2004 when a total of 50 people had died that year in two separate attacks in Feb. and in Aug. Both attacks were blamed on Chechen