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Female Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens, Injure 100 on Russian Subway

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The New York Times is reporting that a group of female terrorists set off massive explosions in two subway tunnels in central Moscow Monday morning. The first blast killed 23 people; the second, which occurred minutes later, killed 12. From the Times:

The first attack occurred as commuters were exiting a packed train at the Lubyanka station, which is near the headquarters of the F.S.B., the successor to the Soviet-era K.G.B. Officials said they suspected that the attack there was intended as a message to the security services, which have helped lead the crackdown on Islamic extremism in Chechnya and other parts of the Caucasus region in southern Russia.

The two explosions spread panic throughout the capital as people searched for missing relatives and friends, and the authorities tried to determine whether more attacks were planned. The subway system, known as the Metro, is one of the world’s most extensive and well-managed, and it serves as a vital artery for Moscow’s commuters, carrying as many as 10 million people a day.

“The terrorist acts were carried out by two female terrorist bombers,” said Moscow’s mayor, Yuri M. Luzhkov. “They happened at a time when there would be the maximum number of victims.”

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