| GEO World|
| At least 40 dead in twin blasts on Moscow metro|
| Updated at: 1027 PST, Monday, March 29, 2010|
MOSCOW: Around 40 people were killed on Monday when two explosions ripped through Moscow's metro system in the early morning rush hour, emergency services said.
Russia prosecutors said they had opened a criminal investigation into possible "terrorism" after the twin blasts.
The first explosion took place on a train while it was in the Lubyanka station in central Moscow, the spokeswoman for the Russian emergencies ministry Irina Andrianova told the local news agency.
"14 people died in the wagon of the train and 11 on the platform," she said. At least 10 people were wounded.
Minutes later, a second explosion went off at the Park Kulturi metro station, also in central Moscow, Russian news agencies reported. The initial death toll from the second blast was put at 12, although the first reports spoke of 15 dead.
Andrianova said this blast also took place in a train carriage while it was on the platform. She added that rescue workers were on the scene.