Moscow, July 12 (RFE/RL) - Russia's Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin says one person was killed, and at least 30 others were wounded in today's trolley-bus bomb explosion in the Russian capital.
Chernomyrdin, speaking at a meeting of the State Commission on social reforms, said authorities will "respond quickly and adequately to such attacks."
There have been four bombings in Moscow in the past month - Three on the public transportation system. Earlier, top Russian security officials said more than 1,000 extra Interior Ministry troops will be deployed in Moscow and the surrounding region. Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said police are taking "extraordinary measures to ensure safety in the capital. Luzhkov told a news conference that the explosion was caused by a bomb under a seat on the trolley-bus.
Luzhkov said Moscow is "witnessing a system of terrorist acts." He said he believes the bomb was planted either by Chechen separatists, or by criminals angered by a new anti-crime decree. But police officials have said there is no hard evidence to tie the blast to Chechen separatists. There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombings.