Moscow mourns, Russian bombing toll rises to 39

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March 30, 2010 (Reuters) - Moscow observed an official day of mourning on Tuesday and nervous commuters returned to the metro, while the death toll from twin suicide bombings on the capital's underground railway rose by one to 39 people.

Flags across Moscow flew at half-mast and somber Muscovites laid flowers and lit candles at the stations hit by the blasts blamed on North Caucasus rebels.

The police presence was stepped up at Moscow metro stations, and security was tightened on the networks in cities from St. Petersburg to Novosibirsk in Siberia, local media reported.

Entertainment programs on radio and television were dropped as Moscow observed the official day of mourning for the victims of the deadliest attack to strike the city in six years that was carried out by two female bombers.

Morning commuters warily entered the busy metro system a day after the rush-hour blasts on packed trains at two central stations -- Lubyanka and Park Kultury.

"When I was riding the metro in today, somebody's electronic watch started beeping and I thought, "That's it," said Katya Vankova, a business student. "It was very scary."

Makeshift memorials were set up at both stations.

At Park Kultury, people left red carnations and tied white ribbons to a stand on the platform close to where the bomb went off. Some commuters crossed themselves as they passed by.

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