At least 38 people have been killed after two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow Metro trains in the morning rush hour, officials say.
Twenty-four died in the first blast at 0756 (0356 GMT) as a train stood at the central Lubyanka station, beneath the offices of the FSB intelligence agency.
About 40 minutes later, a second explosion ripped through a train at Park Kultury, leaving another 14 dead.
The FSB said it was likely a group from the North Caucasus was responsible.
The BBC’s Richard Galpin in Moscow says no group has yet said it carried out the attacks, but past suicide bombings in the capital have been carried out by or blamed on Islamist rebels fighting for independence in Chechnya.
Politics aside attacks like this – crazed fundamentalists carrying out attacks on unarmed civilians is simply wrong. The politics between the Russians and surrounding Muslim communities is long and complicated. That complication does not in anyway sanction such a gross violation of basic humanitarian values.
The attack came six months after President Medvedev declared an end to Russia’s “counter-terrorism operations” in Chechnya, in a bid to “further normalise the situation” after 15 years of conflict that claimed more than 100,000 lives and left it in ruins.
Despite this, the mainly Muslim republic continues to be plagued by violence, and over the past two years Islamist militants have stepped up attacks in neighbouring Ingushetia and Dagestan.
This is what Michelle Malkin – an astute observer of all things Russian – has to say about today’s events in Russia, Jihadi subway bombing horror in Russia…again, By Michelle Malkin • March 29, 2010 04:27 AM
They’re at it again. Early Monday morning in Russia, two female killers strapped themselves with bombs and attacked rail stations in Moscow. Scores are reported dead; more than 70 injured.
[ ]…It never left. The jihadists have been here and done that, over and over again.
[ ]…Here’s a reminder of how the MSM whitewashes jihad from news coverage of Muslim jihadi terrorism in Russia. And another one. And more. Note the difference in how religion is played up in the headline coverage of the FBI raids of obscure Christian militia groups in Michigan versus the headline coverage of the generic “female suicide bombers” who subscribed to the Religion of Pieces. And be prepared to be called an “Islamophobe” for pointing out the striking differences.
Whitewash? The news and background on the bombers are the headlines of every news service.
Some people might get the impression that Malkin has a thoughful consistant view of Russia and has come to the conclusion that such attacks on that country is the work of despicable people against a fine state. Malkin from Is Georgia in 2008 like Hungary in 1956? August 11, 2008 07:27 AM – after the clash between the Democratic Republic of Georgia and Russia,
So we’re not bound to do anything to help Georgia–except by our commitment to supporting freedom and opposing tyranny around the world. We’ve staked much of our identity as a nation on exactly that commitment….
[ ]….Putin’s transparent rationalizations hide an avaricious agenda of conquest, and he must be opposed. We see the true face of Putin at last, and he’s every bit as ugly as the totalitarian Evil Empire which proceeded him (to which he bears an unmistakable family resemblance.)
Russia’s attacks are not only without justification, but they’re also indiscriminate and far out of any doctrine of proportion. No imminent threat justifies their actions. Nothing except a desire to punish and subjugate Georgia motivates their shelling of civilian targets far from South Ossetia. Russia should be ashamed of itself and of its leader.
I hope this naked aggression backfires on Russia like their catastrophic invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. They poured blood and treasure into that project for years, and earned the world’s opprobrium even as they hastened their empire’s downfall through their folly. We helped that defeat happen, of course, and I want to see us help out again.
One minute Malkin and other always wrong neocon war mongers such as Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan want to invade Russia. The next minute pity the poor Russians for being the victim of jihadists. U.S. bombs falling on Russian citizens smell like roses in 2008. In 2010 the scorecard of evil is conveniently rearranged to put Muslims at the top. Besides the obvious hypocrisy, the neocon exploitation of any event to ratchet up fear is actually consistent with any news where complicated interests are involved. Let’s not carefully weigh events lets decide to have wars over lunch. Poor Malkin sounds like the voice of conservatism that has eclipsed her – Sarah Palin. There is no substantive foreign policy points of view just knee jerk reactions and frequently dangerous ones. Another neocon loser weighs in,
The Massacre in Moscow
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 9:31 AM
The jihadists haven’t gone away or given up. Today’s massacre in Moscow, like those before it in London, Madrid, Jerusalem, Bali, New York and a score of other places should put the threat from Islamists back at the top of the world’s agenda. The bitter irony is that President Obama spent last week bullying Israel’s leader when he ought to have been working with Prime Minister Netanyahu to strengthen the coalition working to preempt Islamist terror.
That’s right letting Israel create more settlements and having a closer relation with the U.S. would have finally stopped the near hundred year old frictions between some Muslims and Russia. In neocons the knee bone is directly connected to the skull. Neocons now as always have made Israel into a useful tool to shape public opinion – The right-wing need for victimization and Israel – and it is a near scientific law that any criticism of Israel is condemned as anti-Semitic. Yet another knee jerk reaction that afflicts conservatives.