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A morning -- terrorist you're just joining us now the news is breaking out of Moscow in the death toll has now gone higher reports say at least 38 are dead.
After two homicide bombers -- the subway system that morning rush hour watch this amateur videotape.
I guess into America's news.
You see that the explosion that hit 45 minutes apart well two stations were packed with commuters.
Investigators say both of the bombers were women.
-- while there's no official claim of responsibility Russian investigators now blame rebels had a Chechnya.
Eileen O'Connor's their Russian analysts who spent years covering the region as a journalist and -- good morning to you.
All what -- -- first -- -- subway station that was hit his right there in central Moscow.
It's actually beneath the main offices of the federal security service and as the app that SB that used to be the KGB.
There is significance in that target I -- There is significant it really is brazen of them to go right to the heart of -- young and -- -- Bill has -- horrible history during a purges of this -- -- it was it was where people disappeared into and never came out so.
This is really the Chechen rebels showing that we are all power fallen in February they warned.
That they would start widening their range of attack most of their attacks have been confined to the area in Chechnya in recent months but.
In February their leader tomorrow -- said that he would be widening that area.
Attack -- is pushing for a separatist movement that's been happening for years.
I have not seen an official claim -- responsibility just challenges -- a finger of blame suggesting it it was rebels out of Chechnya.
That they have struck before as you pointed out here what's the significance of using women in this case.
Well as you said this war's been going on since 1994 and these women are generally known as black widows.
And that it because they have been widowed by the violence in -- -- Chechnya.
The violence there started as a succession this movement.
The Russian try to clamp down very hard on that region in order to prevent the region from succeeding.
From -- now.
You know -- independent.
Former Soviet Union and and Russia.
And in fact it actually then started -- this inspiring people to become more religious and more rebellious.
And more radical.
And you've seen many terrorist attacks by Chechen rebels he's seen them in the Moscow theater seats with this several years ago you've seen in the -- on school sees.
And all of those have been from people from this region.
And they -- women before two subway station in August of 2004.
But ten where did that time rush up responds with a very strong hand out.
What do you expect Moscow to do this time.
Well they probably will go back to trying to -- certain areas in the region.
-- the region has been somewhat peaceful with these attacks really.
Very much guerrilla attacks in very.
Very sporadic but Russia usually responds by.
By several bombing campaigns in the region.
What will be interesting bill it's -- whether or not they will crack down on security Medvedev said that they would increase security throughout the country.
But the Russians at the same problem that Americans have when you're talking about mass transit systems how do you keep these transit systems.
Up and running an efficient for the passengers and people are going to work and and have.
Adequate security you can't check.
-- everything -- that's a great point you have seven million passengers using the subway system in Moscow every day.
-- look they're going through what it would -- what London went through what Madrid went through.
I and let you screen every passenger coming in and out of the subway stations you cannot keep it secure.
You cannot -- I mean even in the United States you know there's -- an exercise going on today right now and and Washington.
In the subway system where they're going to be simulating a very similar attack.
With an explosion.
In in a car and -- so this is that kind of thing that that really is frightening to authorities because.
It is so difficult to prevent.
And we -- live on the scene in a matter of moments here Dana Lewis won the first reporters on scene and we'll check -- -- top of the hour.
In the meantime it's breaking news this morning Eileen O'Connor nice to see you out of Washington this morning with your analysis questions about this or something else in the news you've seen today.
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