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    MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 6, 2004, /RIA-NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT/ -- Preliminary reports have it that 22 people were killed and over 30 wounded as a result of a subway-car blast on the Zamoskvoretskaya line, RIA-NOVOSTI learned at the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry here today.

    The explosion took place during the morning rush hour when a lot of people go to work, damaging a subway-train car along the Zamoskvoretskaya line, which is one of the Moscow subway network's longest.

    Search-and-rescue squads are working at the scene.

    The subway-train explosion in south Moscow caused serious transport problems, after the Zamoskvoretskaya subway line was closed.

    The blast wrought unspeakable chaos on the streets above. An additional 160 buses are now picking up passengers there on orders from the municipal government; nonetheless, all buses and trolleybuses are filled to capacity. Hundreds of people are trying to catch a taxi or to stop other cars because they are late for work. The blast has also caused substantial traffic jams.

    Moreover, quite a few city residents grabbed their cell phones to call their near and dear, after learning about the subway blast; however, this tends to disrupt the work of local cell-phone companies.

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