Moscow, Sept. 1 (NNN): At least 10 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in an explosion outside the Rizhskaya underground railway station in Moscow.
The statement, said to be from a group calling itself the Islambouli Brigades, described the attack as "part of the wave of support and assistance to the Muslim Chechens".
The statement, posted on a website used by militants in the past, said the attack would be "followed, with God's help, by more waves until we humiliate the state of heresy called Russia".
The same group claimed responsibility for attacking two Russian planes that crashed within minutes of each other last week, killing 89 people.
Of the injured, 49 were hospitalized and two were treated at the scene, said police spokesman, Sergei Ignatchenko. The Moscow mayor, Yury Luzhkov, blamed the blast on an act of terrorism, but other officials said they were looking into all leads.
"With a great deal of probability it can be said we are talking about a premeditated explosion carried out by a terrorist female suicide bomber," an interior ministry official told journalists earlier.
Witnesses at the scene of Tuesday's bombing described seeing a woman suspect heading for the metro. When she spotted police officers at the entrance, witnesses say the woman turned back and detonated a bomb in the street.
Police are still exploring a second theory that a device may have been planted beneath a car. Moscow's mayor has spoken of at least 1kg of explosives, packed with ball bearings and metal bolts.
The station's windows and those in nearby shopping centre were blown out by the force of the blast, which happened soon after 2000 local time. More than a dozen people could be seen lying on the pavement and grass surrounded by pools of blood.
The underground station is on one of the busiest routes to the north of the city.
Earlier, President Vladimir Putin said the bombs that brought down two passenger planes last week proved the close links between what he called "destructive forces'' in Chechnya and international terrorism.
"If a terrorist organisation has taken responsibility for this and that group has links to al-Qaeda, then that confirms the ties between certain forces active in Chechnya and international terrorism," he said. However, Putin said the claim itself had not been verified.
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