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(Moscow) - The attacks on the Moscow metro this morning represent an assault on the fundamental principle of respect for civilian life, and those responsible for this crime need to be found and held accountable, Human Rights Watch said today.

Two separate explosions hit one of the city's busiest metro lines during the morning rush hour. According to early reports, the explosions killed 37 people and wounded as many as 100. The first was at approximately 7:50 a.m. in a car of a train that had stopped at the Lubyanka station in the city center. The second, about 30 minutes later, was in the car of a train at the Park Kultury station.

"Terrorism is a repudiation of human rights," said Allison Gill, Moscow director at Human Rights Watch. "These abhorrent bombings attack the most fundamental right - the right to life."

Human Rights Watch urged the authorities to ensure that all law-enforcement operations aimed at bringing to justice those responsible for these attacks are conducted in full accordance with international human rights standards.

Human Rights Watch extends its deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and the city of Moscow.

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