President Dmitry Medvedev has insisted Russia will not compromise in rooting out terrorists in the wake of the deadly blasts on Moscow’s metro.
After a minutes silence, the Russian leader held crisis talks with top security chiefs and close cabinet colleagues.
Claiming the strikes had been designed to destabilise he declared:, ‘‘It’s necessary to be vigilant. It’s clear such attacks are always planned, organised to strike as many people as possible. Their objective is to create political and social instability.’‘
Authorities are on red alert following the suspected suicide blasts with increased security at Moscow’s transport hubs. In the capital people gave their reaction to the attacks.
‘‘Sure I’m frightened to some extent. We live in Moscow, it’s like sitting on a powder key, but we shouldn’t panic,’‘ one woman said.
Another man said,’‘I think it’s terrible when a blast happens right here.’‘ All these people were killed, I think it’s a war.’‘
Officials are linking the twin bombing to the North Caucasus, where Moscow faces a growing threat from Islamist insurgents. They have threatened to hit Russian cities and economic targets.