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Monday, March 29, 2010
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC:  Moscow Metro hit by deadly suicide bombings

At least 37 people have been killed after two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow Metro trains in the morning rush hour, officials say.

Twenty-four died in the first blast at 0756 (0356 GMT) as a train stood at the central Lubyanka station, beneath the offices of the FSB intelligence agency.

About 40 minutes later, a second explosion ripped through a train at Park Kultury, leaving another 13 dead.

No one has yet claimed responsibility, although the early money appears to be on Chechen separatists.

As a side note, I see that Fox News continues to make the editorial choice to use the term “homicide bomber” to refer to such attacks:  Homicide Bombers Kill 37 on Moscow Subway.  While I understand that the goal is to put the emphasis on the murders rather than the death of the bomber, I have always found the terms awkward and actually one that is less descriptive than “suicide bomber” as it would seem to me that someone who planted a bomb and then ran away or someone who remote-detonated a bomb would also be a “homicide bomber.”  Indeed, it would seem that, properly defined, someone who planted an IED, for example, could fit the term “homicide bomber.”  The term “suicide bomber,” therefore, actually conveys more information than does “homicide bomber.” 

For that matter, I find the concept of a suicide bomber actually somewhat more frightening than someone attacking from afar, if only because such a person is willing to die in an attempt to ensure maximum damage.

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