If the Russians are correct that these were suicide attacks, this would be yet another indication that aiding the Iranian jihad is not winning the Russians any points with the Chechen jihadists. “Twin Subway Blasts Kill at Least 20 in Moscow,” by Clifford J. Levy in the New York Times, March 29 (thanks to all who sent this in):
MOSCOW — Huge explosions during morning rush hour in two subway stations in central Moscow killed more than 20 people on Monday, officials said, raising fears of a renewal of terrorism here.
The causes of the blasts were not immediately clear, but the government said it suspected suicide bombers, Russian news agencies reported.
The subway system, one of the world’s most extensive, had been subjected to attacks related to the separatist war in Chechnya in the early part of the last decade.
Officials said the first explosion Monday occurred at 7:50 a.m. in the Lubyanka subway station, killing people both on the platform and aboard an incoming train. Numerous others were injured….
About 40 minutes later, another explosion occurred in the second car of a train at the Park Kultury station, officials said. The number of casualties was not immediately known….