Moscow honors victims of metro explosion that killed 42 three years ago

Over 300 people gathered at Avtozavodskaya station of the Moscow metro today to honor the memory of those killed in the terrorist act that took place on February 6 2004. Relatives and friends, who lost their loved ones in the terrible terror attack in Moscow three years ago, laid flowers to the memorial board installed at the above-mentioned metro station. Many Muscovites who share sympathies of those who suffered in the attack also came to the meeting of silence to pay tribute to those who died in the metro (Read article about the explosion written by eye-witness here).

Russian law-enforcement agencies arrested the organizers of the blast in the Moscow metro. Three terrorists were sentenced to life in prison last week.

Many Orthodox temples will hold services to pray for those who fell victims of the terrible terrorist act. A suicide terrorist detonated a bomb in a carriage of a metro train in the tunnel between two stations of the Moscow metro located in the city center. The terrorist act killed 42 people, including 21-year-old suicide bomber Anzor Izhayev. Over 250 passengers were wounded as a result of the underground explosion.

Another terrorist attack took place six months later, on August 31 2004, when a terrorist detonated a bomb near the entrance to Rizhskaya metro station (article). The bomber did not manage to enter the station. However, the square in front of the station was full of people when the blast occurred. Eight people were killed and 30 wounded as a result of the attack. The name of the female terrorist still remains unidentified.

Investigators determined that the two terrorist acts in the Moscow metro had been organized by one and the same individuals. The police arrested two suspects – Maksim Panaryin and Tambi Khubiyev in May of 2006. Law-enforcement officers said that the two men had been trained in a terrorist camp and subsequently became members of an extremist group.

The two suspects told the police that their actions were supervised by Moscow-based resident named Murat Shavayev. It was revealed later that Shuvayev was a former court officer who moved to Moscow from the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria (the Caucasus). Shuvayev started working in the Justice Ministry of Moscow and used his position to protect his hirelings and their criminal activities.

A court of Moscow sentenced the three terrorists to life in prison on February 2, 2007. They were found guilty on all counts including terrorism, murder, falsification of documents and organization of a criminal group.

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Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

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