Moscow Blast Likely Caused by Suicide Bomber, Agencies Say

06 2004

Moscow Blast Likely Caused by Suicide Bomber, Agencies Say

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MOSCOW - A suicide bomber was the most likely cause of a rush-hour explosion Friday morning on a Moscow metro (underground) train in which at least 22 people were killed, Russian news agencies reported.

"At the moment, we do not have information whether it was a man or woman," Interfax news agency quoted a police source as saying. The source said a suicide bomber was considered the most probable cause of the explosion. Itar-Tass carried a similar report.


22 believed dead in Moscow blast
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- An explosion has ripped apart a Moscow metro train car during Friday morning rush hour, reportedly killing 22 people, the Ministry of Emergency Situations says.

The blast destroyed the second car of the train, which was traveling from Paveletskaya station to Avtozavodskaya station, at around 8:40 a.m. (0540 GMT), a spokesman said.

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

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

It is not clear if the blast was the result of a terrorist attack, but police officials tell Russia's Interfax news agency they are not ruling out that possibility.

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