UPDATED: At least 38 dead in Russian subway bombings

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MOSCOW (AP) - The death roll is rising after a pair of suicide bombings on the world's second-busiest subway system.

Officials say at least 38 people were killed when two female bombers set off their explosives inside Moscow train stations jammed with rush hour commuters. More than 60 were wounded.

Rebels from the southern Caucusus region are suspected in the attacks, raising fears the war is now moving to Russian cities. The explosions come six years after Islamic separatists from the region conducted two deadly strikes inside the Russian capital's subway system.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is vowing “terrorists will be destroyed.”

MOSCOW (AP) - One man who was on a Moscow subway train this morning says he “heard a bang” -- and then, “Smoke was everywhere.'' He says, “People ran for the exits screaming.”

The train he was on was across the platform from one of the trains targeted by today's twin suicide bomb attacks, which killed at least 37 people.

Russian TV is showing amateur video from inside one of the stations that was attacked, showing wounded and possibly dead victims sitting and lying on the floor.

Outside both stations, passengers flooded out, many of them crying and making frantic calls on their cell phones.

The wounded were loaded into ambulances and helicopters. Some had their heads wrapped in bloody bandages.

A woman who sells newspapers outside one of the stations says there appeared to be no panic, but that many of the people who streamed out of the station were distraught. She says one man was crossing himself and saying, “Thank God I survived.”

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