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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Metro Attack Remembered

Itar-TassA woman placing flowers by the Avtozavodskaya station memorial Tuesday.
Hundreds of people gathered at Avtozavodskaya metro station to commemorate the third anniversary of the 2004 terrorist attack that killed 42 and wounded 250.

Friends and relatives of the victims laid flowers beneath a memorial plaque in the lobby of the Dark Green Line station in southeast Moscow and lit candles to honor the dead. Some carried icons and photographs of the dead, Ekho Moskvy radio reported.

An orchestra played and metro trains sounded their horns at 8:40 a.m., the exact moment when suicide bomber Anzor Izhayev, 20, detonated explosives as a train neared the station. The ceremony was followed by a memorial service at the Staro-Simonovsky monastery.

Last week, three men were convicted for their roles in helping to stage the 2004 bombings at the Avtozavodskaya and Rizhskaya stations, which in total claimed more than 50 lives.

The second bombing, on Aug. 31, 2004, was outside the Rizhskaya station on the Orange Line. That attack killed 10 and injured 30. Both the female bomber and her senior handler, Nikolai Kipkeyev, died in the attack.