No one injured in Moscow twin blasts: reports

12:39, March 12, 2011      

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No one has been injured in the twin bombs that went off on Friday near the building of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) in northeast Moscow, according to local media reports.

Earlier on the day, two explosions occurred successively on Milashenkov Street close to Timiryazevskaya metro station at around 4:30 p.m. Moscow Time (1330 GMT).

RIA Novosti news agency said the bombs were detonated in the entrance hall of a residential building for employees of the FSB, while Interfax news agency said one of the bombs was planted on the roof of a local garage and another was found in a garbage container.

Citing a spokesman for the local law enforcement agent, RIA Novosti said each bomb was equivalent to 200 grams of TNT.

This is the second bomb attack near the buildings of the FSB. On Wednesday, a suspected bomb went off next to the building of the FSB Academy on Michurinsky Prospekt in southwestern Moscow, but caused no casualties.

"Data gathered from probes into Wednesday's explosion on Michurinsky Prospekt and Friday's blasts on Milashenkov Street suggests that the blasts were carried out by the same people," a police source was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.

Local media also said the blasts might serve as a diversion of possible larger attacks in the coming days.

Russia has been plagued by terror attacks for years, especially those from the Caucasus region.

After January's deadly terror attack on Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, which killed 37 people and wounded over 130, President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to adopt tougher security measures.

Source: Xinhua

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