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Female suicide bombers blew themselves up Monday in twin attacks on Moscow subway stations packed with rush-hour passengers, killing at least 38 people and wounding more than 60, officials said. The carnage blamed on rebels from the Caucasus region follows the killings of several high-profile Islamic militant leaders there.

The blasts come six years after Islamic separatists from the southern Russian region carried out a pair of deadly Moscow subway strikes and raise concerns that the war has once again come to the capital, amid militants' warnings of a renewed determination to push their fight.

Chechen rebels claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing late last year on a passenger train en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Last month, Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov warned Russians in an interview on a rebel-affiliated Web site that "the war is coming to their cities."

In October 2002, a Moscow theater audience was taken hostage and more than 100 of them died along with the rebels in the rescue attempt. In the most terrible attack, more than 300 died - most of them children - at a school siege in the North Caucasus town of Beslan in September of 2004, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports.

Those events - and most recently the bombing of a Moscow-St Petersburg train last year - are evidence that Russia's military response has not worked.

A profile of Umarov on the BBC's Web site says the powerful Chechen warlord has been accused by Russia's security forces of being behind the Beslan siege.

The rebel groups' Web sites have paraded willing women suicide bombers known as the Black Widows, Phillips reports.

President Obama called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Monday to express condolences on behalf of the American people over the deaths and injuries from the "outrageous terrorist act" and promised that the "United States was ready to cooperate with Russia to help bring to justice those who undertook this attack," according to a White House readout of the call.

Earlier Monday, Obama condemned the bombings in a statement and https://www.fqphhcan4.online called the attack "heinous."

The U.N. Security Council also condemned the attacks as "an unjustifiable crime."

The first explosion took place just before 8 a.m. at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow. The station is underneath the building that houses the main offices of the Federal Security Service, the KGB's main successor agency, a symbol of power under Vladimir Putin.

About 45 minutes later, a second explosion hit the Park Kultury station, which is near the renowned Gorky Park. In both cases, the bombs were detonated as the trains pulled into the stations and the doors were opening.

A Russian television reporter, Yulia Shapovalova, was at Park Kultury when the second bombing occurred.

"I personally saw a young woman covered with blood and another was so scared she was crying," she said. "And a third was talking on her mobile phone thanking god for her survival and after all that I realized that I had survived myself."

"I heard a bang, turned my head and smoke was everywhere. People ran for the exits screaming," said 24-year-old Alexander Vakulov, who was on a train on the platform opposite the targeted train at Park Kultury.

"I saw a dead person for the first time in my life," said Valentin Popov, 19, who had just arrived at the station from the opposite direction.

Prime Minister Putin, who built much of his political capital by directing a fierce war with Chechen separatists a decade ago, vowed Monday that "terrorists will be destroyed."

Moscow is unlikely to hit back at the rebels with massive firepower: the Kremlin has installed loyal leaders in the areas where the militants operate, making bombing campaigns of the kind used in the 1990s Chechen wars out of the question.

The Kremlin is already engaged in a huge escalation of its operations to smash the rebels, and it is difficult to see what more it could do.

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