Death toll from Moscow subway blasts rises to 39

Death toll from Moscow subway blasts rises to 39

Moscow: Health officials say a woman has died in a Moscow clinic from wounds suffered in Monday’s subway blasts, raising the toll from the double suicide bombing to 39.

Andrei Seltsovsky told the Rossiya-24 state news channel early Tuesday that five people remain in critical condition out of 71 hospitalized. He says only eight of the victims have been formally identified.

Female suicide bombers believed to be connected to Chechen rebels struck at two central Moscow subway stations during the Monday morning rush hour the first suspected terrorist activity in the Russian capital for years.

Flags flew at half mast on government buildings and at the Kremlin as a day of national mourning began. Police with machine guns patrolled subway entrances as heightened security remained in effect.