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Terrorists Who Killed Dozens In Moscow 'Will Be Destroyed,' Putin Says

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Terrorists Who Killed Dozens In Moscow 'Will Be Destroyed,' Putin Says

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Terrorists Who Killed Dozens In Moscow 'Will Be Destroyed,' Putin Says

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has vowed that the "terrorists" responsible for suicide bombings in Moscow's subway system today "will be destroyed," Reuters reports.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Reuters adds, "ordered senior officials to fight terrorism 'without hesitation, to the end,' after female suicide bombers killed at least 37 people at two Moscow metro stations."

The Associated Press says more than 100 people were wounded. The wire service writes that 24-year-old Alexander Vakulov, who said he was on a train on the platform opposite the targeted train at the Park Kultury station, said he "heard a bang, turned my head and smoke was everywhere. People ran for the exits screaming."

The AP adds that:

"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.

"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."

From Moscow, Peter Van Dyk filed this report. As he notes, the Moscow metro is one of the busiest in the world:

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Reuters also has a video report here.

And the AP has posted this "raw video" report:

Update at 7:30 a.m. ET. On Morning Edition, journalist Jessica Gollaher told host Renee Montagne that "people are, quite frankly, very panicked" by the bombings:

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Update at 9:20 a.m. ET. A U.S. reaction. From New York, the Associated Press reports that:

The nation's largest transit agency has beefed up security as a precaution following the suicide bombing in Moscow's subway system. A spokesman for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Kevin Ortiz, says the agency has a "heightened security presence" as a result. He declined further comment.

Update at 10:20 a.m. ET: The government-funded, English-language Russia Today channel has posted this interview with one of its correspondents who was on the scene. And, this clip includes video she says she took at the scene:

There are photos from people who were caught in the mayhem on the LifeNews.ru website.

(H/T to The Lede.)

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