At least 36 people have been killed with over 65 injured and taken to hospital in two blasts on the Moscow metro. Russian officials say they believe the attacks were carried out by terrorists in Russia’s North Caucasus.
The first explosion tore through the second carriage of a train as it stood at the Lubyanka station. 40 minutes later at the Park Kultury station there was a second explosion.
The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov said the attacks were the work of suicide bombers.
“Two female terrorist sucide bombers carried out these bombings. I cannot say exactly if they were on the platform or on the trains but the explosions happened as the trains approached the platforms timed to cause the maximum number of casualties.”
As Moscow comes to terms with the worst terrorist incident for six years security has been stepped up throughout the country as officials feared more attacks.
President Medvedev will speak to the nation later today, he has already declared Russia would act, “without compromise” to root out terrorists.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is currently visiting Siberia, is “receiving detailed information from security agencies and social services about the work on helping the victims”, a spokesman said.
Moscow’s metro is one of the busiest subways in the world, carrying some 5.5 million passengers a day.