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Bomb Rips Through Underground Walkway in Moscow

Aired August 8, 2000 - 11:49 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Want to bring you the latest on that explosion that took place earlier today in central Moscow.

Steve Harrigan with us on the phone -- Steve.

STEVE HARRIGAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Daryn, the latest numbers from that explosion, which took place just more than 90 minutes ago: seven Russians killed, 31 injured. An explosion took place really in the heart of Moscow. On Fairshaya (ph) Street, just a short walk from the Kremlin on Pushkin Square.

It happened about 6:00 p.m. local time, the end of a busy work day. And it happened in an underground passageway. These are very busy pedestrian walkways under the main streets of Moscow. Certainly a very big crowd in there about 6:00 p.m. in Moscow.

No speculation yet as to who is behind this. No details from the Russian Interior Ministry. Of course, people on the street that we've spoken to, some eyewitnesses, speculating on either of two avenues. Either a business deal gone bad, often in Russia business deals are settled violently; secondly, perhaps, a terrorist attack perhaps from the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

Recent days, the Chechen rebel fighters, who have battling Russia for more than a year now, have warned about possible terrorist activity to celebrate an anniversary of a victory they won in 1996.

We spoke to eyewitnesses. They saw dozens of people running out of this underground metro station, people with torn clothes, burned faces. The explosion really heard for hundreds of meters around. A second explosive device was found and disarmed by interior ministry troops -- Daryn.

KAGAN: And Steve, once again, no one has yet claimed responsibility?

HARRIGAN: No one has claimed responsibility. The numbers of wounded going up now to 31. The number of killed at seven in the very heart of Moscow, really at the very busiest time of day in a crowded underground walkway, an explosion going off at 6:00 p.m. in central Moscow -- Daryn.

KAGAN: Steve Harrigan reporting to us from Moscow. Thank you for those latest numbers. TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com

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