Terrorists strike Russian rail system, kill 37

posted at 8:48 am on March 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Two female suicide bombers attacked Moscow’s subway system this morning, killing themselves and 37 other passengers in a terrorist attack.  Not a lot of details are known at this time, but Russian security suspects that Islamist rebels in the Caucasus are responsible for the murders (via the Boss Emeritus):

Two female homicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow’s subway system as it was jam-packed with rush-hour passengers Monday, killing at least 37 people and wounding 102, officials said.

The head of Russia’s main security agency said preliminary investigation places the blame on rebels from the restive Caucasus region that includes Chechnya, where separatists have fought Russian forces since the mid-1990s.

The first explosion took place just before 8 a.m. at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow. The station is underneath the building that houses the main offices of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the KGB’s main successor agency.

A second explosion hit the Park Kultury station about 45 minutes later.

Emergency Minister Sergei Shoigu said the toll was 37 killed and 102 injured, but he did not give a breakdown of casualties at each station, according to Russian news agencies.

CNN says the attacks bear the hallmarks of Chechen “Black Widows,” a known group of female terrorists:

Monday’s bomb attacks on the Moscow subway bear the hallmarks of an operation carried out by female Chechen suicide bombers called “Black Widows,” according to security analysts. …

The use of women as suicide bombers or “Black Widows,” is one way in which the struggle in Chechnya is different from al Qaeda and more analogous to the military campaign waged by the IRA in Northern Ireland, says Ayers.

“This war is politically motivated, it is not about a religious ideology as in the case of al Qaeda, so everyone participates and it is ultimately irrelevant if you are a man or a woman,” said Ayers.

“They are not like al Qaeda who might say women should be hidden away and have no role in attacks.”

The “Black Widows” are believed to be made up of women whose husbands, brothers, fathers or other relatives have been killed in the conflict. The women are often dressed head-to-toe in black and wear the so-called “martyr’s belt” filled with explosives.

That’s not quite true.  AQ has been known to use women in their attacks, mainly in Iraq.  AQ has also used burqas as a ruse to hide men.  While the Chechnyan conflict started off as a political rebellion, it has been an Islamist affair for most of the last several years. The “Black Widows” took part in the infamously botched seizure of a Moscow theater in 2002, when Russian authorities gassed the hostages and terrorists in an attempt to disable them, but wound up killing many of them instead.

CNN also has some video of the aftermath of this attack:

The Russians are looking for the other two women who accompanied the terrorists, but the question may be whether more attacks are coming.

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Here’s hoping the Russians aren’t as squeamish as Dear Leader and his merry band of neurotics.

spmat on March 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

CNN says the attacks bear the hallmarks of Chechen “Black Widows,” a known group of female terrorists:

“it is not about a religious ideology”

So CNN totally rules out any possibility of an Islamic connection.

Well, at least they didn’t blame it on the Tea Party Movement … … … kind of hard since it was in Russia … … … but you just know they would like to, if they could just find a way.

MB4 on March 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Terrorists Moslem Jihadists strike Russian rail system, kill 37

There, now the headline is accurate.

Kalapana on March 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

“…strike off their heads…” says Islam’s primary dogmatic source “The Recitation” (al-Qur’an, sura 8:12) about infidels.

Semtex being the latest method, it seems.

All praise the “holy” Qur’an!

Or else.

profitsbeard on March 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM

My sincere sympathy to the victims and their families.

Here’s hoping the Russians aren’t as squeamish as Dear Leader and his merry band of neurotics.spmat on March 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I believe the Russians will deal with the menace effectively.

dogsoldier on March 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Janet knows who the real terrositss are/S

bw222 on March 29, 2010 at 9:18 AM

To be fair (and I am no Incompitano supporter) a couple months ago the FBI attempted to arrest a Jihadi Cleric (in Detroit, if memory serves) and the event erupted into a shootout, concluding with the death of the Cleric.


dogsoldier on March 29, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Why is this not at the top of the list of headlines?

Observation on March 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Here is how the Paultards justify this attack in their minds

Secession Is the Key to Peace
Posted by Lew Rockwell on March 29, 2010 05:35 AM

We are hearing much about the bombings in the Moscow subways, where suicide bombers murdered dozens of people. These are called “Islamic terrorists,” but while the people of Chechnya are Muslim, that is not the source of their response. They want their freedom from colonial domination. Russia conquered this people in the 18th century. They have been oppressed by tsars and commissars. Stalin murdered them by the trainload, ethnically cleansing them because the communists could not control them. The Chechens want self-determination, and that is their right. It was not, of course, called terrorism when the post-communist Russians destroyed the entire capital of Grozny, and murdered many thousands of civilians, with non-suicide bombers. The Chechens are wrong to respond in a governmental fashion. But Russians have been wrong for more than two centuries to occupy and murder these people, who have never accepted the foreign slave collar. Stop the governmental and private terrorism. Russia out of Chechnya!

jp on March 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Here’s hoping the Russians aren’t as squeamish as Dear Leader and his merry band of neurotics.spmat on March 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I don`t believe the Russians are familiar with soft power.

ThePrez on March 29, 2010 at 4:02 PM

White House claiming it was “teabaggers” in 3..2..1..

ronsfi on March 29, 2010 at 4:30 PM