Chechen Rebels Claim Moscow Subway Bombings

The Moscow subway bombings that killed 39 people on Monday were only the beginning of many more to come, a rebel leader based in Russia’s Chechnya region said in a statement, as it finally becomes clear who were responsible for the grisly attacks. Rebel leader Doku Umarov said in the statement, which appeared online, that the twin bombings were retaliation for the death of civilians at the hands of Russian military and police.

Umarov warned that the rebel group will launch more attacks on Russian territories. The admission comes as both Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev vowed to go after the people behind the blasts. Umarov’s message came out just hours after new attacks in Southern Russia’s Dagestan province killed 12 people, including the chief of police in one of the towns in the country’s North Caucasus region.

Earlier, Putin had said that the two separate attacks my have been done by the same group. Chechen rebels have not claimed the Dagestan attacks.