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Nic Thamaire

Moscow Train Blast in Rush Hour

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Terrorism.

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/0...last/index.html

 

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- A blast tore apart a train car in the Moscow metro Friday, killing at least 39 and wounding at least 129 others, the Russian deputy interior minister said.

 

Prosecutors said they were treating the blast as a suspected suicide bombing and had opened a terrorism investigation.

 

The blast ripped apart the metro train car during morning rush hour as the train was traveling from Paveletskaya station to Avtozavodskaya station, southwest of the city center, around 8:40 a.m. (12:40 a.m. ET), a spokesman for the Ministry of Emergency Situations said.

 

Russia's deputy interior minister, Alexander Chekalin said the bomb may have been placed in a briefcase or backpack.

 

There may be surveillance video showing two "suspicious" people -- a man and a woman -- boarding the train with briefcases, Russia's Interfax News Agency reported, citing police sources.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the blast, calling it terrorism.

 

"Only with the united efforts of the world community can we deal with this plague of this 21st century," Putin said, according to Interfax.

 

The president said he would not exclude the possibility that terrorists were trying to pressure the Russian leadership ahead of March elections, and restated his position that the government would never negotiate with terrorists, Interfax reported.

 

In Grozny, Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov denied that Chechen rebels were behind the blast.

 

Two men covered in blood told CNN's Anastasia Anashkina they walked through the dark tunnel shortly after the explosion to the Paveletskaya station's exit. They said the powerful force of the blast shattered the windows of the connecting train cars.

 

"After the blast they couldn't open the doors for some time," said one woman who was in the second train car at the time of the blast. "Then the operator opened the doors and we walked for about two kilometers." (Survivors' stories)

 

Some 50 ambulances and firefighters were on the scene, the ministry spokesman said. The explosion caused a serious fire, and smoke filled the underground metro tunnel.

 

Russian emergency officials had been bracing for a possible terror attack ahead of the March 14 presidential election.

 

Days after the December parliamentary elections, a female suicide bomber killed six people in central Moscow outside the National Hotel, near Red Square. (Full story)

 

Russian officials said the attacker wanted to send a political message by exploding a bomb at the center of the Russian government.

 

Moscow has also been the target of terror attacks blamed on sympathizers with the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

 

A double suicide bombing at a Moscow rock concert in July 2003 killed the female attackers and 15 other people, and an explosive device a woman brought into central Moscow less than a week later killed an expert who tried to defuse it.

 

Putin blamed Chechen terrorists for the suicide attack.

 

In October 2002, Chechen rebels raided a Moscow theater, taking hundreds hostage. A total of 129 people died in the 57-hour siege, after Russian security forces used a narcotic knock-out gas to subdue the Chechen hostage takers.

 

Russian troops have fought a separatist movement for most of the past decade in Chechnya, which Putin has made a central issue in his presidential re-election campaign.

 

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not very surprising...i still have a few relatives left in Russia and they keep saying how random buildings are being blown up for no reason...its just sad

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Originally posted by sweetcherry

not very surprising...i still have a few relatives left in Russia and they keep saying how random buildings are being blown up for no reason...its just sad

 

this is not really for 'no reason'..

have you heard of what russian are doing to the tchechene?

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Originally posted by Nic Thamaire

this is not really for 'no reason'..

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jesus, i just woke up like 5 seconds ago, checked

my email, which prompted the little msn news section

and saw that as the headline..

juxtaposed against madvillain's 'pretty blood' feel good..

fucking sad. planet what-the-fuck.

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Originally posted by Nic Thamaire

this is not really for 'no reason'..

have you heard of what russian are doing to the tchechene?

 

yea but that doesnt mean they got to kill little kids and innocent people who havent done anythign wrong

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Originally posted by sweetcherry

yea but that doesnt mean they got to kill little kids and innocent people who havent done anythign wrong

 

Nobody said that.

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That's what happens when you have ethno nationalist groups attempting to liberate themselves from their colonial oppressors. Chechen terrorism is nothing new in Russia. However to have this level of it is pretty horrific. Previously Chechen terrorist would blow up entire apartment buildings., and Once seized an entire Opera theatre for several hours until the russian anti-terrorist group pumped chemical agents into the building..

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I18334-2004Feb06L

 

in the morning hours of CNNTV i woke up and it said "not terrorism related" on cnn. now a few hours later the news changes..ahh

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pmb's artcile is taken from cnn

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Listened to the news on this right as it was happening on the bbc last night before bed... fucked up as always. Those tunnels are a big problem for rescue workers- accessability and ventalation for smoke are hard to come by in a tube. At least the explosion didn't do any structural damage and cause a section to collapse.

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RIP

 

the press is crazy.

i don't know what to feel about those pictures:

it brings the horror straight to your brain

but what a disservice to the victims

to show their faces and their bodies,

in their utter helplessness

 

 

Putin is a scary muthafucka.

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The only disservice to the victims was being killed because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. To not show those photos would only perpetuate that, there would be no testament to their death, or the cruel and meaningless (for themselves at least) way their life was stolen. Publishing and showing the images helps illustrate how fucked up this kind of stuff is, otherwise it would just be another story in the news.

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well, that's why i mentioned in the thread that i didn't know what to think.

 

if I get fucked up by terrorists, they can go ahead and skip the photos.

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